The closure of auto dealerships this past week across the United States has generated several mapping efforts.
Chrysler’s filing for Chapter 11 paved the way for a consolidation of dealerships with 789 dealers closed nationwide (roughly 25% of their outlets). There’s a good interactive Google Maps mashup of these closings via the New York Times.
Similarly, General Motors notified 1,100 of their 6,000 dealerships on Friday about their plans to cut them off within a year (a 40% cut in their network). Roughly 400 of these closures are related to the closing of the Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Pontiac brands. As of now, the full list of GM closings weren’t available because GM has refused to release the names of dealerships that were sent letters. However, that hasn’t stopped intrepid reporters from pulling together details on maps. The map below from the Lansing State Journal details outlets in Michigan that are closing or losing brands.