GM Plan: Cut Dealerships By Nearly Half

Word on GM’s revised revision of its restructuring plan (confused? You’re not alone!) is starting to filter out. Pontiac looks to join Saturn and Hummer on the scrap heap. But the big news is that GM has proposed cutting its dealership population by 42 percent, paring GM dealers from today’s 6,246 to only 3,605 by the end of 2010. That’s a whopping decline sure to have ramifications (likely positive) for the automotive aftermarket, including fast lubes. Read more about GM’s plan here.

If GM is successful and pares more than 2,600 dealerships from its ranks, that amounts to a huge decrease in service bays nationwide, a void that lube shops are well poised to fill.
UPDATE: Automotive News is reporting that GM will axe the Saturn brand sooner than expected, not building any Saturn vehicles after the 2009 model year!

About National Oil & Lube News

National Oil & Lube News is the fast oil change industry's oldest and largest trade publication. Started in 1986 by Steve Hurt (a former fast lube owner) and David Arrington, NOLN has grown and evolved right alongside the fast lube industry. Here at NOLN, our aim is to help fast lube operators with every facet of their business, from operations to technical issues. Our monthly magazine and this regularly updated website contain everything from technical tips, recall announcements and service guides to articles on handling customer complaints, building your brand and making your business the best it can be. With tips and advice from experts both inside and outside the industry, you're sure to learn something that can help your fast lube business grow and prosper.
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