General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruzes.
While the company has not yet given a reason, experts and area dealers are describing the move as "common" among all makes and models. The bulletin, issued Thursday by GM, orders dealers not to sell 1.4-liter gasoline Cruzes on their lots, local dealers said.
Diane Sauer of Diane Sauer Chevrolet in Warren said the order affected 15 of about 80 Chevy Cruzes on her lot. Greg Greenwood of Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown said his Cruze stock already is depleted because of extremely high Cruze sales this month. He said the order affects about 15 Cruzes of the 60 that were on his lot Friday.
"These things are quite common. We don't know at this moment why they have asked us to stop sales, but usually within a day or two, we receive a notice telling us what to fix. It's usually a customer convenience item. It's not usually a safety item," Greenwood said.
"The bottom line is these are interesting and complicated businesses, and most of these day-to-day things are all about protecting their brand and customer convenience," Greenwood said.
Jessica Caldwell, a senior automotive analyst with Edmunds.com, agreed that stop-sales bulletins are more common than many realize, but this is drawing attention because of GM's current fallout from a delayed recall of 1.6 million older small cars to fix an ignition switch problem. That recall affects Lordstown-built Cobalts and Pontiac G5s among other GM vehicles.
The Lordstown-built small car routinely leads sales of GM cars nationwide. The car also has been the top-selling new vehicle in the Mahoning Valley 10 out of the previous 12 months.