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Flint chevrolet plant 25 millionth car
The factory should close up for good in May.. GM promised a new plant to
retain its workforce, although there are rumors that the plant is not as
well-equipped as GM wants people to believe.
Flint, Michigan: General Motors is set to announce a factory expansion
in the state of Michigan in Flint, the largest city in the nation with a
population of 99,000 people, according to a local newspaper. ten
Chevrolet, Malibu and Silverado trucks manufactured at the plant will
increase the total number of workers there to 4,000 by the end of 2010.
The factory is expected to have the capacity to produce up to 500,000
cars a year by 2014. Local communities fear the large number of
vacancies in the economy would drain the young workforce and then GM
would leave the city forever.
Chevrolet was founded by Louis Chevrolet, one of France's most successful
artists of the late 19th century, and manufactured his cars in the
French village of Creusot from 1899 to 1911. The corporate name is said
to be derived from the state of Chevrolet in Brazil where large
plantations of the car from Chevie were shipped. Chevrolet's cars are
known for their ability to tow, and the design is said to be influenced
by the Parisian cyclist cycle, the bicycle, the steamboat and the
Chevrolet introduced the SS series of cars in 1930. The models were
produced until 1936, and under the leadership of Bertone, the bodywork
for these models remained attractive through the late 1970s. W 2001
Chevrolet recalled all their luxury cars and sued Toyota for
misrepresenting its product as "brand new". Many of the workers
attempting to open the doors saw a "new" car and became offended.
Chevrolet has had a long and successful relationship with Fiat during
the 19th century. At that time it was a major player in the fast
development of the automobile industry. By the early 1920s, a major
debate was whether to replace its UK headquarters in Port Sunlight with
a new factory near Regent's Park in London or to relocate to the
corporate headquarters on New York's Fifth Avenue. William Durant, a
Ford executive, convinced General Motors to opt for the latter, and a
New York plant was opened in 1923. The British assembly was closed in
1925, and the American factory expanded rapidly in the 1920s and 1930s
at a cost of $100 million.
GM got a huge boost in the early 1960s when Robert McNamara, a former
finance minister under President Kennedy and adviser to his administration, became president of the company.
The Mustang fastback, which had been introduced in 1964, became a
strategic move for the Detroit company in a land of muscle-car
competitors. In an effort to establish credibility in a market that
was dominated by the likes of Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler and Buick, and
to promote the more traditionally elegant product in the larger American
market, a stylish sports coupe was required. One of the first Detroit
executives to adopt a mid-life crisis, which resulted in a motorcycle,
Bob Macnab, proposed that a more sober-looking version of the
unfashionable but more desirable pre-eminent North American model
Bought at a bargain, the tooling for this new model was made available
to the engineers in Chevrolet's design studios.
The Gran Prix competed successfully at Le Mans from
1963-1967. Among the new designs was the Corvette, which was produced
from 1968 to 1984. The 1973 OPEC crisis, following the Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries' demand for $30 a barrel for oil, led to
major changes in the GM board, including the resignation of its chairman,
William C. Blyth. Due to his past successes as a defense contractor
through the use of British funding to build the U.S. Polaris missile
program, Blyth was persuaded to come to Detroit. He was granted "blank
cheque" authority to place $2 billion in GM shares, selling off any of
the shares back to the company at a later date. The "Blyth package"
changed GM's nature to that of a financial company.
Richard I. "Dick" Roberts, Jr. served as president of General Motors
from 2001 to 2005. His unpopularity in the industry was such that
numerous changes were made during his administration. Roberts also
increased corporate contributions to the campaign of President George
W. Bush in his 2004 reelection campaign.
In 2002, the GM Consumer and Financial Services (CFS) unit sold GM
Consumer Finance to Citicorp's CitiFinancial Corporation in a $1.3
billion deal to provide its services to GM's own credit card division,
GM Financial Services.21 sierpnia 2006 r. Citi kupił GM Financial
Usługi w umowie o wartości 7,6 miliarda dolarów, która była uważana za dobre dla obu
GM i bank. W 2003 roku Citi nabyła prywatną markę GM, Saturn,
od GM w celu zwiększenia sprzedaży samochodów GM.
GM zaczął tracić działalność w 2008 roku i do końca tego roku miał
został wyprzedzony jako największy producent samochodów w USA przez Toyota. GM
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