Employees at GM’S Moraine SUV plant in Ohio are pretty disappointed today. GM has announced that it will be closing the plant, which produces the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and the Saab 9-7X, in late December – two years earlier than originally planned.
The decision to close comes early as sales continue to decline in the SUV segment. Sales of the TrailBlazer were down 37 percent in the first nine months of 2008. Envoy and 9-7X sales are down 44 percent and 30 percent respectively.
The TrailBlazer and Envoy were introduced in 2001 and were never really fully redesigned. Saab dealers said that they only sold 308 units of the 9-7X SUV this year.