GM to close Detroit passenger vehicle factory for 6 weeks

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Earlier this year, General Motors already cut off the Detroit plant's second shift which lead to 1,200 employees being laid off. Shifts at five of their plants and other facilities have been reduced with plans to cut third shift at their Tennessee plant as well next month.

The factory, which operates only one shift, builds Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala sedans, plus the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle - all of which have been slow sellers. "This action will help maintain more stable production", the No 1 U.S. carmaker said.

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GM, in an emailed statement, confirmed it "will be making schedule adjustments to keep supply and demand in balance", including the plant operating under a reduced production schedule effective October 20.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will likely produce 20 percent fewer vehicles once production resumes in 2018, the Journal said. Sales of the Volt fell 6 percent and Impala 31 percent, while sales of Cadillac's CT6 increased more than 50 percent. Buick dealers had 284 days worth of LaCrosse sedans in inventory and GM had more than 100 days of Volt and CT6 cars on USA lots as of October 1, according to Automotive News. Shares were down 1.6 percent to $44.74 at 10:41 a.m.

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GM declined to comment to the Journal and was not immediately available for comment to CNBC.

GM and its peers have been cutting production at auto plants as consumers have rapidly shifted to buying sport utility vehicles.

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A GM spokesman said there are no plans to reinstate any of those shifts at this time.

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