Chevrolet Is Running Low On Equinoxes 

Chevrolet Is Running Low On Equinoxes 
Chevrolet Is Running Low On Equinoxes 

1st Gear: The CAMI Assembly Strike Continues To Affect Chevy’s Precious Supply Of Chevy Equinoxes

The strike at the CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, has been going on for weeks now and Chevy is starting to feel the sting in the form of a diminishing stockpile of its popular SUV the Equinox.

From Automotive News:

Stockpiles of the Equinox, GM’s second-best-selling nameplate, are quickly drying up, despite the automaker’s attempts to ramp up Equinox production at two plants in Mexico to supplement Canadian output.

U.S. inventory dropped to 43,453 vehicles, or a 41-day supply, at the beginning of October, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Estimated inventory stood at an all-time high of 74,400 units, or a 66-day supply, in June.

“That’s going to be hard on Equinox to compete on such a limited quantity in such a hot segment,” said Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell.

Since the June peak, Equinox inventory has dropped on average about 10,300 units per month. If that pace continues, it would mark the lowest Equinox inventory level since 30,900 vehicles in August 2012.

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Chevrolet Equinox strike update

Chevrolet Equinox strike dashboard

The longer the Chevrolet Equinox strike at the Ontario, Canada, plant goes on, the more it will hurt sales of the Equinox

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DETROIT — Workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, say they want a resolution to the contract impasse that has them on the picket line this week.

But GM also has an incentive to make this a short-term work stoppage — fickle car buyers.

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A long-term shutdown at the plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, could mean that consumers looking for a Chevrolet Equinox — one of GM’s hottest-selling vehicles — might not be able to get what they want. Workers in the Unifor union in Canada went on strike late Sunday after union and company negotiators failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

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Analysts predicted the situation would put pressure on General Motors.

“They build the Chevrolet Equinox at two other plants in Mexico, but they are still ramping up in those facilities,” Joe Langley, associate director of North American automotive production forecasts at IHS Markit. “It is our expectation GM will want to get a deal done quickly since the new Equinox is one of the rare GM vehicles in lower supply and in demand.”

Langley’s firm estimated that GM would lose the ability to make another 872 Equinox SUVs a day, a significant hit and one not likely to be covered by the two Mexican facilities — Ramos Arizpe and San Luis Potosi. The company sold 28,245 Equinoxes last month.

Consumers who want particular colors or options might not be able to get what they want and might be prompted to consider other compact SUVs, such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue, Kristin Dziczek, director of the industry, labor and economics group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. The longer the strike goes on, the worse the shortage becomes.

“When you start drawing down inventory levels, you might lose sales because of the lack of choice and the delay in getting exactly what the customer wants,” Dziczek said.

Mike Van Boekel, Unifor Local 88 GM Unit chairperson, said union members had tried to research that on their own recently, being told that it would be an eight- to 10-week wait to get a specific Equinox. He was skeptical that the strike would end quickly, but he said the union is hopeful because the pressure is on both workers and GM.

“We don’t want to lose customers and they want their vehicles so …the clock’s ticking on both sides,” Van Boekel said.

He noted that many workers have families and will struggle financially if the strike lasts for a long time.

“Our members are feeling it, but the clock’s ticking on GM, too,” Van Boekel said.

Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader.com, said job security appears to be the major concern for the union, which has said it is seeking new investment from the company. When production of the GMC Terrain was moved from the plant to Mexico earlier this year, it “shook the union,” she said.

But Krebs noted that while concerns about moving production to Mexico have been an issue, the plant is likely to face competition for new products from plants in Michigan and Ohio that make passenger cars but could be retooled to make SUVs, such as the Equinox. GM, like other companies, is grappling with a consumer shift away from cars and toward SUVs and trucks.

“There’s definitely going to be some adjustments in car production,” Krebs said. “The union’s clearly looking out into the future, and it’s going to have more competition.”

Specific details on what each side had been seeking in the negotiations have not been released, but the union has said it is seeking improved wages and benefits in addition to a new investment from GM.

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GM Doubles Down On Diesel As 2018 Equinox Gets 39 MPG Rating, 577-Mile Range

2018 Chevy Equinox diesel engineGM doubles down on diesel with 39 mpg Equinox that has 577 mile range

2018 Chevy Equinox diesel engine

Flashback to June 2015. Volkswagen was the unrivaled leader in sales mainstream diesel-powered cars in America. The only other brands selling any notable number of diesel cars were the three German premium brands. VW’s only competitor was General Motors which had sold about 12,000 Cruze diesels over the prior two years with almost no marketing push. As GM was revealing the all-new second-generation Cruze including a new diesel engine, Powertrain VP Dan Nicholson declared that GM intended to become the U.S. market leader in passenger vehicle diesels. Three months later all hell broke loose for Volkswagen and it looked like diesel in America might be on the verge of extinction.

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Two years later, Volkswagen has paid out billions of dollars in fines and updated millions of vehicles globally and repurchased most of the nearly half million affected vehicles in the U.S. It now appears unlikely that VW will ever sell another new diesel in this market and even Mercedes-Benz, the brand that sold the first ever diesels back in the 1920s has largely given up on the technology.

Despite that, it’s way too early to declare either the the rebirth of the demise of the diesel engine. Since VW was outed for cheating on diesel emissions, Jaguar-Land Rover has added diesel engines to most of its lineup, Mazda has announced a diesel in the new CX-5 and GM has launched the GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado and Cruze. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to add its new 1.6-liter “whisper diesel” to a pair of its most popular vehicles, the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.

The manual transmission Cruze diesel got an EPA rating of 52 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg combined. With the Equinox about to hit dealers, it has achieved a label rating of 39 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. That’s significantly better than any of its gas-fueled competitors and it even beats the numbers from the hybrid versions of the Nissan Rogue and Toyota Rav4.

 

It’s been about six months since the diesel-powered Cruze sedan went on sale and the results so far could charitably be described as modest. Sales of compact cars in general have been in a rapid decline of late as customers rush to crossovers and the marketing push for the diesel has yet to begin in earnest. Perhaps more importantly, the Cruze hatchback will be finally be offered with the diesel with the start of model year 2018 production.

“American diesel customers have generally shown a preference for five-door models so we expect the addition of the hatchback this fall to significantly boost Cruze diesel sales.” said Nicholson in a recent interview.

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