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Tiny Chevrolet Sonic helps Detroit shake off rust

AP -- DETROIT (AP) -- When the word reached the Orion Assembly Plant, it spread along the serpentine assembly line like news of a death or natural disaster: General Motors, the biggest automaker in the world, had filed for bankruptcy protection.

On that grim day in 2009, Chevrolet and Pontiac sedans kept rolling down the line. And 1,700 worried workers stayed at their stations even as GM announced it would close the plant in a desperate bid to survive.

There was something else that the workers didn't know: They were witnessing the opening act of one of the greatest recovery stories in American business.

Nearly four years later, Chevrolets are still moving down the assembly line under the plant's 82-acre roof. Lang and his co-workers now build the Sonic, the best-selling subcompact car in the


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polarbear2
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 7:59:40 AM

Sorry GM didn't go under. Maybe that would have changed the culture at that place.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:04:09 AM

glad GM didn't go under.
remay
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:47:13 PM

No thanks, not for me...
Catfish93001
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 1:05:20 PM

Must be a slow news day.
jethro5000
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 10:15:38 AM

I'm just glad America finally seems serious about gas economy...
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:28:13 AM

Hopefully the Sonic is better than a Vega.
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 2:07:53 AM

At last GM seems to be getting it right!
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:50:37 AM

It's still a Government Motors vehicle, NO THANK YOU!
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:39:56 AM

Made in the USA still has a good sound to it. To bad we can not get the clothing industry back. Glad to see GM is still around.
livewire300
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:35:40 AM

Chevy Sucks...
Bud122CA
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:33:57 AM

Oops 5golfer8
DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:33:38 AM

I still don't think GM or Chrysler will make it in the long run.
Bud122CA
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:32:48 AM

Is Chevy part of Gov't motors??? Good luck S golfer is right
5Golfer8
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:30:26 AM

No company is too big to fail and should not be bailed out with tax payer money.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:22:36 AM

Bring back Pontiac.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:21:05 AM

Buy a Ford.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:18:05 AM

buy American
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:16:11 AM

good for them
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:15:59 AM

Don't worry, @ricebike. I don't write comments so that those people will read them. I'm sure they've hit the "Ignore" button on me long ago. It's much easier to live in a bubble when you don't see any evidence that contradicts one's preconceived beliefs.

I write those comments so that other people will see a different point of view. That's all. The forum is there so people can share their opinions and maybe start a dialogue.
heartbroken2010
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:15:59 AM

reimds me of my old Chevette, the darn thing was cheap and wouldn't die , sadly, the rust killed it.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:13:06 AM

Maybe they will build a substitute for the Volt and name it the Spark.
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:13:01 AM

I wish General Motors the best of luck with this vehicle.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:12:51 AM

Take me once shame on me take me twice will not happen, Go Ford...
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:11:17 AM

So, @AKmailman, tell us how much it still costs to fill up your vehicle in the frozen North when you guys are supposed to be swimming in oil. You could probably use a vehicle that gets a lot better mileage.
skybiker
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:10:28 AM

I'm glad they found work....
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:10:03 AM

Great to see this.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:09:47 AM

Buy a GM?
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:08:44 AM

Don't worry, @beachmanglen. Your tax momey didn't go to GM; it went to the Pentagon who spent it in 1/10th of a second.
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:08:32 AM

Really
viperND
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:07:42 AM

hmmm
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:07:26 AM

You forgot about the 800,000+ workers who didn't lose, @GordoM. Those 800,000 paid taxes because they had paychecks and those 800,000 workers supported even more workers in town when they spent their paychecks. Anyone who kept all of their stock and bond holdings in GM or Chrysler is a fool. Rule #1 of investing: Diversify.
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:07:20 AM

the true marketplace will decide if this lasts
Beboper
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:06:47 AM

old news
rsox67
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:06:44 AM

As long as it works.
regout
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:06:29 AM

I don't want one.
joel27nc
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:06:08 AM

The Sonic, really?
fullauto
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:05:35 AM

econo box
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:04:59 AM

Good.
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:04:34 AM

Maybe the U.S. will finally see that small is good.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:03:32 AM

Rust? Saturn had it right, with plastic panels.
jrschl
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 12:02:43 AM

Never plan to purchase a Chevy vehicle, or GM, for those who may be thinking one of the other lines.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:58:41 PM

Ok
GordoM
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:55:43 PM

Stockholders lost. Bond holders lost. Whitecollar workers lost. Taxpayers lost. American business lost because they now must pay higher interest rates to bondholders to compensate for risk government will cancel their bankruptcy rights like they did to GM bondholders. American bankruptcy justice lost. UAW came out whole. They were the only party who supported Obama campaign. That is not justice, that is payoff. The modern American way.
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:55:01 PM

Good news, eh?
beachmanglen
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:53:15 PM

The GM workers are being paid with my tax money. This is not fair.
sleuth696
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:52:06 PM

Yeah...congrats...until you screw that up and need another taxpayer funded bailout.
30mpg80
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:52:01 PM

Go GM!!!!!
wcp3rd
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:52:01 PM

OK
WIWalt
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:52:00 PM

To be sure, there were victims: shareholders, auto-parts makers and other suppliers who went out of business, as well as taxpayers who will never get all their money back. Correction taxpayers who will never get any of their money back.
vibdata
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:50:28 PM

Give a little. Take a TON. Nice going.
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:49:33 PM

Way to go GM.
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