Dealerâ€™s new-car sales limited to GMâ€™s most successful brand
by Martha Quetsch
Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn was among GM’s franchise dealers that escaped the axe May 15.
GM sent letters that day to more than 1,000 of its 6,000 dealerships notifying them that it was suspending their franchise agreements.
Jass owner Bob Jass said he was â€œelatedâ€ that his store, at 300 S. Main St., did not receive a letter.
â€œBut I’m also sorry, at the same time, that other dealerships did,â€ Jass said.
Jass said he did not have any idea whether his store would lose its franchise. He said at Jass, unlike at some other GM dealerships, business has been good.
â€œWe’ve been very busy,â€ he said.
Jass’ new-car stock includes only GM’s highest selling make-Chevrolet. GM’s other vehicle brands are Buick, Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Pontiac and Saturn.
GM, facing possible bankruptcy, has tried to maintain solvency by making fewer SUVs and suspending its Saturn production in the near future. The company intends to boost its most successful line, offering Chevy models for buyers wanting hybrids and gasoline efficient vehicles. The company announced this week that its extended-range electric vehicle, Chevy Volt, will be available in 2010. It will use a lithium-ion battery with a gasoline-powered, range-extending engine that drives a generator to provide electric power when the vehicle travels beyond a 40-mile battery range.
Another new GM product geared toward buyers who want an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle is the Chevy Aveo, which the company states achieves 34 miles per gallon on the highway.
Photo: Bob Jass Chevrolet in Elburn will indeed remain open, after GM sent 1,000 letters to some of its nationwide 6,000 dealerships informing them they would be suspending their franchise agreements. File Photo