GM Considers Slowing Truck Production, Swelled Inventories

General Motors’ fortunes seemed to have turned a corner with high sales and big revenue, but not everything is coming up roses. According to an Automotive News report, GM is considering throttling back production of its full-size pickups after rising inventories in April. Its truck inventory rose to more 275,000 units for the month, which equates to approximately 111 days of supply. GM had 264,000 trucks in inventory in March.

Year-to-date, Chevrolet Silverado sales are up 19 percent over last year, and Sierra is up 35 percent; even though demand for the Silverado dropped 1 percent for April, the demand for the GMC Sierra rose 12 percent for the month.

Also telling is the rebate situation on GM’s trucks versus its small car offerings, with rebates of up to $4505 on the fullsize trucks, whereas there are no current rebates offered on the Cruze and Aveo compact cars .

Compared to Ford’s brand-new engine lineup in the F-150, we think GM’s fullsize powertrain offerings are looking a little dated. Should GM update its engines and transmissions to better match Ford’s?

Source: Automotive News

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