GM to cut 2,000 jobs due to shifting consumer demands, low fuel prices

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General Motors will cut 2,000 jobs across two sites in the US, in response to lower demand for cars in favour of trucks and crossover vehicles.

According to the Lansing State Journal, GM’s Grand River plant will cut about 800 jobs, axing a third shift at the factory. It makes Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS vehicles there. Demand for the vehicles between January and October this year has slumped by 9 per cent, 17.1 per cent and 16.6 per cent respectively.

Reuters reports that GM’s Lordstown, Ohio factory will cut 1,200 of its 4,500 workers, also axing the third shift. The site makes Chevrolet Cruze vehicles, which have seen their sales decline 20 per cent for the year to October.

The company has cited a shift to larger trucks and crossover vehicles, which Fox News credits to low fuel prices.

The layoffs will take place in January.