GM Halts Sales Of Chevrolet Cruze Models, Does Not Say Why

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Already replete with headaches over the recall of 1.4 million Chevrolet Cobalts and other models, General Motors on Thursday night ordered dealers to stop selling certain models of the Chevrolet Cruze. They did not say why.


The Wall Street Journal reports Chevrolet dealers received a stop-delivery notice by email Thursday telling them not to sell 2013 and 2014 Cruzes with the 1.4-liter turbo engines. A reason for this was not provided, the Journal reports.


For now, the impact seems to be relatively small, as it only affects cars within a 60-day production window. CNN puts that at about 7,000 cars. But dealers said the move was quite unusual.

"This is something we don't see every day," said one dealer who asked not to be identified since he shared the internal document. "To not be given a reason must mean GM has spotted an issue and is still trying to get its arms around it."

Normally, this kind of thing would probably not be big news, but with GM under fire for the Cobalt et al. recall, and the recalling of more than 1.6 million additional cars and SUVs, their quality and safety are under a lot more scrutiny than usual.


More on this as we get it.

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The stop sales order provides GM with the ability to present this as an issue tied to a cause. This is easier for GM execs to save face than the alternative, which is admitting that not a single one of these shitbag cars has sold. Trust me, I work in public relations.