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In the latter half of 2019, GM’s United Auto Workers (UAW) laid a nationwide walkout for a brief period of forty days. After that, a new contract was officially validated by the company. However, this walkout damaged the manufacturer’s operations and led to a delay in the debut of its vehicles. Fortunately, the appearance of five GM models was not affected due to the strike.
#1 Chevy Blazer
The first among these models is the Chevy Blazer crossover that was built at the GM’s Ramos Arizpe plant in Coahuila, Mexico. According to the sales figures of the GM, the 2019 Chevy Crossover made 23,008 unit sales during the fourth quarter. The 2019 Chevy Blazer escalated its sales by a massive 85,114.78 percent in comparison to its fourth-quarter sales in 2018, which amounted to merely 27 units.
#2 Chevy Spark
Similarly, there was no harm in the sales of the 2019 Chevy Spark that is manufactured at the GM’s Changwon factory in South Korea. In comparison to 2018, the 2019 Chevy Spark sales increased by 112.91 percent with a purchase of 11,016 units. There were a total of 5174 units of Chevy Spark that were sold in the fourth quarter of 2018.
#3 Chevy Trax
Next in line was the 2019 Chevy Trax that is manufactured at the GM’s Bupyeoung unit in Korea, and the San Luis Potosi unit in Mexico. In comparison to last year, the Chevy Trax increased its sales by 47.64 percent with the purchase of 33,039 units. In 2018, only 22,378 units of Chevy Trax were sold during the fourth quarter.
#4 Buick Encore
Meanwhile, the Buick Encore and Envision models that are produced at the Bupyeong unit in South Korea and GM’s Dong Yue facility in China, respectively, increased sales by 22.17 and 11.21 percent. A total of 28,497 units of 2019 Buick Encore and 8,330 units of Buick Envision models were sold during the same quarter and strike period. Also, only 23,326 units of Buick Encore and 7,535 models of the Buick Envision were sold during the fourth quarter of 2018.
#5 Chevy Low Cab Forward
Lastly, one of GM’s favorite trucks, the Chevy Low Cab Forward that is manufactured by Isuzu, increased 35.43 percent of its sales in comparison to last year. It sold a total of 1,273 units. The Chevy Low Cab FWD sold only 940 units in 2018. As you must have noticed, each of these five models is manufactured outside the US. Hence, GM received a substantial benefit during the 2019 UAW strike because it had production units outside the country.
As per GM, the company had to face an estimated loss of $3 billion due to the 2019 UAW strike. However, the company still managed to make profits at the same time and in the same quarter. Therefore, not only GM has become a reputable brand in the eyes of the consumer, but also a reliable brand that can resolve customer, management, and worker issues in due time. Stay tuned with us for more information on GM, Chevy, and UAW news.