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Sales of Chevy Cruze up in May

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Sales of the Lordstown-made Chevy Cruze ticked up slightly last month compared to May sales of one year ago.

General Motors reported on Thursday that it delivered 17,120 Cruzes last month, a 2.7% increase over the 16,671 sold in May of last year.

May sales are down 19.6% from the previous month of April when GM sold 21,317 of the small cars.

So far this year, Cruze sales are up nearly 36% over the same 5 month period last year.

The sales figures come just one week after word that GM has added a fifth week of production downtime at the Assembly Complex in Lordstown.

UAW Local 1112 says the week of July 17 was added to two other weeks of downtime in July which will be designated as layoff weeks.

The plant will not be making the Chevy Cruze for two weeks this month. Those weeks are being classified as vacation, according to the union.

Last month, UAW Locals 1112 and 1714 told members that General Motors has “postponed indefinitely” a previous announcement that would result in reducing the volume of Cruze production.

The unions say the decision to postpone the so-called “de-rate”, which was scheduled to take place in July, was reached after meetings between union leaders and corporate officials in Detroit.

A statement from UAW Local 1714 says the decision will allow jobs to be preserved.

In January, GM eliminated the third shift at the Lordstown Complex due to what the company says was a change in buyer preference from small cars to trucks and crossover vehicles.

1,200 UAW members lost their jobs when the shift came to an end.

Union leaders at Local 1112 say they have negotiated with management to bring back 81 laid-off members.

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