GM to Import More Chevy Spark Minicars From Korea
During its first two months on the market, sales totaled 6,313, a solid start that surprised some GM executives and dealers. By Mike Colias
General Motors is increasing imports of Chevrolet Spark minicars for sale in the United States following a stronger-than-expected launch here.
“We've asked for more already,” Landy said Wednesday. “We've gotten a really strong reaction in the marketplace.”
Landy wouldn't say how many Sparks were imported under GM's original forecast or how many more the company has requested.
GM launched the Spark in 18 metro U.S. markets in July. During its first two months on the market, sales totaled 6,313, a solid start that surprised some GM executives and dealers.
Before the Spark's launch, IHS Automotive forecast sales of 27,000 in 2013, the car's first full year on the U.S. market. The sales pace from the limited rollout puts GM on target to exceed that total on an annual basis.
Labor strife in Korea this summer disrupted some Spark shipments to the United States, Landy said. GM lost some production when Korean workers staged a number of partial strikes. The company reached a deal with its Korean labor union in August.
Landy said GM is working to make up those lost units and is boosting shipments beyond the company's original forecast.
The Korea plant has capacity for about 200,000 units a year, a company spokeswoman said. The factory also supplies Korea, India, Mexico and other markets.
“Our dealers are asking for more,” Landy said. “We don't want to make a gut production decision based on two-and-a-half months of sales. But demand has been strong.”
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Good thing that obama saved GM or else cars would be made overseas and imported to the USA...
Wait a mintue...
Why was GM saved since they are the ones making cars overseas and importing them to the USA tax-free?
buying an American car that is built overseas is putting money in the corporation and the foreign workers. Id rather buy a Foreign car built in american so the money goes to american workers. agreed?
Lets change the system. If a company assembles a product in the U.S., give them a small tax break, if they manufacture some parts and assemble them in the U.S., give them a larger tax break. The larger the percentage of parts and assembly made in the U.S. the larger the break. Make them earn it.......
Small business would prosper because they use american workers, build american manufacturing facilities and pay american taxes.
Let's see. We allow our government to borrow money from China, then we take that money and bail out GM, which turns around and takes the money to invest in auto plants in China and Korea, which we get to pay for through our taxes. All the while losing jobs in our own country and forcing people into destitution. Then, rather than market American cars to Americans, they order more of the Korean ones. What is wrong with this picture?
GM got a FORTUNE in the bailout, and they proceeded to build ELEVEN factories in CHINA....
THAT sure as hell helped all the Americans keep their jobs, didn't it????
I believe Mitt Romney wanted to let the car makers fail -- so that they could file bankruptcy and then gradually emerge from it. This would have been a great idea. Perhaps, without Obummers' infusion of taxpayer money, these companies would be scrambling to get their plants going here, employing Americans instead of spreading it around in other countries!
Wake up America..........vote November 6.
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