General Motors Co.’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant will halt production for three weeks starting Aug. 18 due to lower than anticipated market demand for the luxury cars built there, according two people familiar with GM’s plans.
Production is set to resume Sept. 8, according to one person with knowledge of the company’s plans.
The plant builds the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans. Cadillac ATS sales are down nearly 21 percent through July this year, while CTS sales are flat year-to-date. But sales of the CTS — redesigned for the 2014 model year — in July fell more than 29 percent from July 2013. The compact ATS was all new as a 2013 model and won North American Car of the Year that year. The CTS took home Motor Trend Car of the Year honors for 2014.
“We don’t share our production schedules with outside parties,” GM spokesman Bill Grotz said. “We build to market demand.”
Lansing Grand River employs about 1,600 workers, including about 1,400 hourly employees who are represented by UAW Local 652. The plant, which runs two shifts, is set to begin building Cadillac’s new 2015 ATS Coupe this fall.
The plant shutdown was reported earlier by Automotive News.