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Most sales since '07 shadowed by GM unsold truck inventory

Delaware Online -- The best year for U.S. auto sales since 2007 hasn’t been enough to boost General Motors Co.’s shares. One reason is dealership lots such as Dave Gill Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio, that are overstocked with trucks.

GM said it entered July with more than five months’ supply of full-size pickups, the most since April 2009, according to researcher Ward’s Auto. This isn’t entirely accidental: Detroit- based GM wants a stockpile to carry it through the change to a new design next year. That plan may backfire if the segment’s sales remain below those assumed at the start of the year.

“I don’t know what our store’s days’ supply is; it’s probably embarrassingly high,” Matt Ringlien, a sales manager at the Chevy store in Columbus, said in a telephone interview.


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Submitted Aug 07, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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OriginalBudman
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The economy is getting better, folks.
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PTBpricer
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2012 9:23:22 AM

Somebody made a stupid decision at GM.
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tedjm1
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:23:21 PM

Why continue to make trucks? Get orders first before making them. Require a minimum of 200 - 400 trucks to begin assembly.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:23:02 PM

If management refuses to see the big picture, too high TCOs for pickups, they should be fired and replaced with those that will lower the too high prices, design for repairability, and tell masrketing that power just doesn't sell against better MPG while doing the job.
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WHY BUY A NEW TRUCK IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO PUT GAS IN IT. PIG OIL WILL PUT US INTO DEPRESSION .
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Economy still bad.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:17:58 PM

Heck wish I could afford a new vehicle, might find a great deal out there.
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GM stock is way down.
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heartbroken2010
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:14:03 PM

trucks are not cheap to drive these days . a fill-up really hurts the pocket book.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:13:56 PM

Drastically reduce those high prices,no gimmicks!!!!!!.
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no jobs
no can buy
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Make them affordable and dependable and they will sell.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:11:40 PM

Hell I couldn't afford to fill it up...
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Maybe they are overprice.
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Number43
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I would to have a GM truck but I can't afford it.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:07:18 PM

Not really a huge interest in GM trucks
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What a shame, and that's greed for ya as that's what it amounts to being.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:06:13 PM

I recall an article within the last couple months saying trucks for some companies were there biggest sales recently. If so then people must not have liked GM's trucks.
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Wasn't aware of this
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same old gm
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Interesting article.
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:04:24 PM

Exaggerated hype on years sales.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 11:04:14 PM

Wonder if all truck sales are down, or just GM?
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Hope we're not unloadin' them anytime soon
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Oopsy...convert them to natural gas and sell them to governments...
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Sell 'em to Obama.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:59:14 PM

Not good
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Looks like they still haven't been able to wean themselves from their dependence on big-truck/SUV crack.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:49:06 PM

Either poor forecasting and planning or just the cyclical nature of demand.

tl;dr
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hummmmmm
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:45:36 PM

hmmm...
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:43:56 PM

No wonder the government owns a controling interest, with moves like that!
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:41:30 PM

another gm shrewd move
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:35:41 PM

As usual, GM is going to make the wrong call. It's their middle name.
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Good luck!
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ok
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:28:22 PM

Unless you need a truck, today's gas prices will slow sales.
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They need to increase the MPG on these trucks or they are going continue to sit.
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BULLLLLLL....! That sale manager doesn't know the numbers? Wrong! That would be part of his job. Don't you think?
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Ooops! The GM Truck ads aren't selling gas guzzlers...
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:24:15 PM

The new design is next model year, not next year
New model year vehicles come out in the fall
If the changeover to build the new models has not already started it will by September
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It was bound to happen
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:20:34 PM

Good luck but I don't need a gas guzzling truck.
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:19:29 PM

Good luck with that idea MG..
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Everyone got a little wiser!
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Who wants trucks?
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ok
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hmm
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2012 10:07:33 PM

Government Motors will just tell BHO & Co. to have the military and Post Office to buy trucks.

More bail out. More waste. More buying of union jobs and votes.

More cronyism, corruption and clowns behaving badly.
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