Week in Review: Holiday Plant Closures, Our Christmas Wishlists, Hyundai/Kia Dole Out Gifts

By | December 28, 2013
While you were busy opening presents, indulging in holiday cookies, and not going to church, we have been working on the week’s top stories. In the spirit of the season, pretty much all of the stories are holiday-themed. On Monday, we learned General Motors and Ford extended holiday plant closures in order to get rid of excess inventory and retool for new products. On Tuesday and Wednesday, our staff writers revealed which cars made Automotive.com’s Christmas wishlists. Thursday’s news consisted of Hyundai and Kia announcing they would be giving…er…belated Christmas gifts to consumers to reimburse them for inflated fuel economy ratings. On Friday, we got to experience the 500-hp Volkswagen GTI Design Vision Concept. Check out a full recap of this week’s news below.

Monday, December 23

On Monday we got news that General Motors and Ford are closing a number of their plants in the U.S. and Canada for up to several weeks. Some plant closures, like the one at GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant, is meant to remove excess inventory of models such as the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Regal, and Cadillac XTS. But others are intended to help prepare for the introduction of new models, specifically trucks. Some GM plant closures will help support production of the all-new midsize 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models. Retooling will also help prepare for new GM heavy duty pickups as well as full-size SUVs due early next year.

Tuesday, December 24

We hope our readers enjoyed viewing our automotive Christmas wishlist for 2013. On Tuesday, our writers each picked a favorite car we wanted to see in our driveways this Christmas. But we put one condition on our selections: each car had to be available for a reasonable price. We tried keeping to our limit (it was hard), and we each chose very different cars ranging from hatchbacks to small SUVs to muscle cars. Two of our selections included the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS and the Volkswagen GTD. Check out the full list by clicking on the link above.

Wednesday, December 25

We had some fun with this one as well. On Wednesday, we did another wishlist, but this time, no car was off limits. From Ferraris to Lamborghinis to the godly Audi R8, we went all out. Once again, each writer picked his or her favorite car. This list was filled with V-10 and V-12 engines, huge price tags, and ridiculous amounts of horsepower. Some of our selections included the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the incredible Lamborghini Veneno. You don’t want to miss the full list, so be sure to check it out.

Thursday, December 26

Thursday took a different turn, as we reported that Hyundai and Kia reached a settlement in a consumer lawsuit over inflated fuel economy numbers. The companies are shelling out approximately $400 million to reimburse consumers for the amount of money they should have saved had the automaker’s fuel economy numbers been proven correct. In 2012, Hyundai and Kia apologized for flawed internal testing that misrepresented the fuel economy numbers on many models. Now, consumers will have the choice of receiving lump sum payments instead of a debit card that reimburses the fuel costs.

Friday, December 27

By Friday, we were well out of the holiday funk, so we wanted to report on something entirely non-holiday related. We shared with readers our experience driving the Volkswagen GTI Design Vision Concept, a car that was just recently revealed stateside when it appeared at the H20 festival in Maryland and at the LA Auto Show. We were impressed by its look inside and out, but we really fell in love when we stepped behind the wheel and felt the 500 horsepower and 3.9 second 0-60 run. Although we know we will never see the car in its full glory head to production, we know that it provides a glimpse into future models.