GM has decided not to go forward with a new Buick Sports Utility Vehicle because the public did not seem to show any interest in it. The vehicle was going to be available in 2010 with an electric version due 2011l This decision came only two weeks after the new SUV was announced.

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2009 Buick Enclave -This vehicle has a problem with the transmission shift position sequence and you could move the shifter to park and remove the key but the gear may not actually be in park. You may not be able to restart the vehicle and vehicle may roll away after you have exited the vehicle and result in a crash.

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Approximately 8.5 million vehicles were assembled in the United States in 2008, but only 5 million of those were made by Big Three auto makers. More than 3 million of the assembled vehicles in U.S. plants were built by autoworkers employed by brands such as BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota. American vehicles assembled in the United States, built by American union workers, and made with engines and transmissions manufactured in the U.S.are the following:

Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Nitro, Jeep Liberty, Ford Expedition, Ford F150, Ford F-250, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln Navigator, Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Savana, GMC Yukon XL, Hummer H2, Dodge Caliber (manual transmission only), Dodge Dakota (automatic only), Jeep Compass (manual transmission only), Jeep Patriot (manual transmission only), Jeep Wrangler (automatic transmission only), Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (automatic transmission only).

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On July 11, 2009 GM emerged from bankruptcy as a new company called General Motors Company. The old GM sold its best assets to the new company which will be primarily owned by the American and Canadian governments which collectively will hold 72.5%. The Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, a union health care trust, will hold 17.5% with the remaining 10% held by the old GM.

The old GM will remain in bankruptcy and its factories, brands, and other operations will eventually be liquidated. The old GM will now be called Motors Liquidation Company. Shares in the old GM will likely be worthless and it is contemplated that the Treasury Department will eventually make a public offering for the new GM stock sometime in 2010.

The new GM will retain the GMC, Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac brands. It will no longer offer the Saturn, Pontiac, Hummer and Saab brands. Nevertheless, GM’s remaining dealers will continue to honor warranties for those vehicles. The new GM is planning on closing approximately 1,100 over 6,000 dealerships and eventually hopes to pare down to 3,600 dealers by the close of 2010. Additionally, GM’s present 47 plants, manufacturing engines, transmissions, and stamping and assembly plants will be reduced to only 34. And the number of employees will likewise be reduced from the present 91,000 at the end of 2008 to only 64,000 by the end of 2009. GM is also expected to reduce American executives by 35%, and overall administrative white-collar employees by 20% by the end of this year.

Under a plan proposed by General Motors and the federal government GM will assume responsibility for future product liability claims filed after the new GM company emerges from bankruptcy. More than a dozen state attorneys general have voiced objections to GM’s plan to sell off its desirable assets to a new corporate entity. These could have upset GM’s plan for rapid completion of the bankruptcy process.

This decision will resolve the potential problem of whether customers who have claims regarding their existing GM products, but who have not yet filed lawsuits, can sue GM in state courts. Bankruptcy case law is unclear on this issue, therefore GM and the government’s auto task force chose to assume the liability rather than risk a possible delay in emerging as a new company.

Previously filed product liability lawsuits may be left behind to be handled by the old GM thereby allowing the new GM to emerge with a clean legal slate. Because of its large size, however, GM has instead chosen to assume the legal liability. Last year GM had budgeted more than $900 million for product lawsuits. A committee representing numerous consumer plaintiffs claims to represent $1.25 billion in potential personal injury claims and has objected to GM’s plan to leave such cases with the old GM.

In the meantime, GM has continued to process lemon law claims from California consumers, and presumably those of other states, and honor its obligations to such consumers under existing state lemon law statutes.

Earlier this month General Motors started a new advertising campaign to acquire a larger share of the California market. Californians tend to buy more hybrids and those in other states and are more environmentally conscious. Chrysler, too, wants to grab a share of California’s penchant for small, fuel-efficient car sales which it hopes to fulfill with its partner Italian automaker Fiat. GM has already gotten rid of its high fuel consumption lines of vehicles, in particular Hummer and instead will now focus on more fuel-efficient Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC vehicles. Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC already have gas-electric hybrids in their current 2009 product lines, which include the Chevrolet Malibu, Chevrolet Silverado, Cadillac Escalade, and GMC Yukon.

The main focus of GM’s green strategy will be the Chevrolet Volt, an electric hybrid designed to travel 40 miles on one charge, and thereafter have a three cylinder gas engine take over to recharge its lithium-Ion battery pack. The car will be offered for sale in the 2010 model year.

California, in 2008, represented 24.2% of America’s hybrid market which is more than two times the state’s historical share of new vehicle sales in this past decade. Although GM has been steadily losing ground to Toyota and Honda it was still ahead of Ford and Chrysler. In 2008 GM had a 14.2% share of new car sales whereas Ford had an 11.4%, and Chrysler’s was 7.5%. These were significantly less than Toyota’s 25.6% share and Honda’s 13.4% share.