GM's Momentum Maintenance: More On The Lambda Platform "Stop Sale"

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I just got off of the phone with a PR staffer from the General, who provided me with a little bit more detail, but by no means the full story, on the General's decision to put a "stop sale" on the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. According to Lynda Messina, the PR-anista in charge of manufacturing issues for GM's lambda-platformed crossover triplets, the "stop sale" occurred because "a couple of issues cropped up over the past few days...in a test fleet of vehicles." She also claimed the issues are "not safety-related" and "to our knowledge no one has received a vehicle yet...they are only on dealer lots...but I've no idea when they'll be able to start selling." Messina wasn't able to provide any detail on what the specific issues were, but we're told we'll have more information from the General when they see fit to provide it. One assumes it must have been important enough to require them to "maintain momentum" via a halt to sales.

Related:
Breaking! GM Issues "Stop Sale" To Dealers On Saturn Outlook And GMC Acadia [internal]

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Ok. So maybe GM deserves an award for a poorly worded memo. But I think I'd rather have it go this way than to have the 250,000 vehicle recall that Toyota issued. Unfortunately, the best the GM-haters could muster for that report was a harsh critique of Wert's acronym building. Seems like more of an indictment of a vehicle to say the windshield wipers randomly stop in the rain than to have a bit more noise intrusion into the cabin.

Not making that up. The Freep got the real story: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/…