Opinion: The GM News That Matters Isn’t What You Think

But for those concerned about GM’s future, it might be best to forget entirely about the idled plants that made such a splash and instead pay attention to a less-heralded announcement that came a few days later.

Barra and others reiterated that the potential closures were more about securing GM’s competitiveness in electric and autonomous vehicles than any macroeconomic forces. She and the company proved that wasn’t just lip service when President Dan Ammann was named CEO of the company’s self-driving unit, Cruise.