General Motors said Monday that it planned to idle three car plants and two transmission plants in a bid to trim costs as the North American auto sector slows.
The plants include a factory in Lordstown, Ohio, that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact; the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where the Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6 are produced; and its plant in Oshawa, Ontario, which makes the Chevrolet Impala. The two transmission plants are in Baltimore and in Warren, Mich.
All five plants will halt production next year. “We are taking this action now while the company and the economy are strong to keep ahead of changing market conditions,” Mary T. Barra, G.M.’s chief executive, said in a conference call.