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GM To Add Shifts At Three Plants

General Motors said Tuesday that it's ramping up production at three factories to rebuild inventory sold down during the cash-for-clunkers program and -- in a hopeful view -- satisfy what it believes is coming demand.

Starting in January at GM's Kansas City plant (which makes the Chevy Malibu, Buick LaCrosse and a Saturn), shifts will go 24-hours-per day. The third shift will be added to the Delta Township, Mich. (GMC, Saturn), and Fort Wayne, Ind. (pickups), plants in April, GM said.

And good news for 2,400 laid-off workers: They'll be called back.

Kansas City will be the company's sole Malibu-maker going forward. The critically acclaimed Malibu is one of the new GM's building blocks. The company has shed brands down to four it is keeping: Chevy, GMC, Cadillac and Buick. Saturn was sold to racing titan Roger Penske, Hummer was sold to the Chinese, Saab was sold to a Scandinavian maker of bespoke sports cars and Pontiac will be allowed to die.

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By Frank Ahrens  |  September 22, 2009; 4:30 PM ET
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Happy for GM. Unfortunately quality of their vehicles has a long way to match imports. I own a 2003 Saturn VUE and this will be my last GM vehicle.

Posted by: veloboldie | September 24, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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