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'We will ensure service and parts for Chevrolet' - GM pledge as it exits South Africa

2017-05-18 12:35:44.0 | Tmg Digital
General Motors has announced it intends to cease local manufacturing and selling Chevrolet vehicles in the domestic market by the end of 2017.

“After a thorough assessment of our South African operations‚ we believe it is best for Isuzu to integrate our light commercial vehicle manufacturing operations into its African business‚” said Stefan Jacoby‚ GM executive vice president and president of GM International. “We determined that continued or increased investment in manufacturing in South Africa would not provide GM the expected returns of other global investment opportunities.”

GM South Africa committed to continuing to provide service and parts support for Chevrolet customers.

The local operation’s president and managing director‚ Ian Nicholls‚ said: “These decisions were not made lightly. We appreciate the support that our employees‚ customers‚ dealers‚ suppliers‚ the government and other key stakeholders have given us over the many years that we have operated in this country. We will manage the transition as smoothly as possible.”

GM South Africa informed employees and unions of the announcements this morning and will begin the formal consultation process with them immediately.

 “GM South Africa will also work closely with affected dealers on a robust transition plan. Customer support center resources will be expanded and all warranties and service agreements as well as ongoing service and parts requirements for all vehicles will continue to be honoured.”

Isuzu Motors intends to purchase the Struandale manufacturing plant and GM’s minority shareholding in Isuzu Truck South Africa (Pty) Limited to continue manufacturing the Isuzu KB and medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks in Port Elizabeth. This is subject to competition regulatory approval;

It will also assume control of GM’s Parts Distribution Centre and Vehicle Conversion and Distribution Centre and set up its own dedicated dealer network to market‚ distribute and service light commercial vehicles for existing and new Isuzu customers.




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