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GM restarts production at one plant, plans to idle six others due to chip shortage

DETROIT — Common Motors will restart manufacturing subsequent week at its midsize-pickup plant in Wentzville, Mo., after a two-week hiatus as a result of worldwide microchip scarcity, nonetheless the automaker plans to pause or limit manufacturing at six completely different North America vegetation this month.

“We proceed to work carefully with our provide base to search out options for our suppliers’ semiconductor necessities and to mitigate affect on GM. Our intent is to make up as a lot manufacturing misplaced at these vegetation as potential,” GM acknowledged in an announcement Thursday.

Final week, GM had solely 334,628 vehicles accessible, in distinction with 668,443 a 12 months earlier. Inventory shrank by 76,247 all through the primary quarter, pushed partially by the microchip scarcity.

Beginning Monday, GM will take two weeks of downtime at its Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant, which builds the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 and GMC Acadia crossovers.

Additionally starting Monday, the automaker will idle manufacturing of the Chevrolet Blazer crossover for one week at its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Equinox manufacturing on the Ramos Arizpe plant gained’t be affected, GM acknowledged.

Each of the automaker’s Lansing, Mich., vegetation will take downtime this month.

Lansing Delta Township Meeting, which builds the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse crossovers, will halt manufacturing for one week starting April 19, whereas Lansing Grand River, which has been down since March 15, will lengthen its manufacturing stoppage by way of the week of April 26. Lansing Grand River builds the Chevy Camaro and Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans.

CAMI Meeting in Ingersoll, Ontario, and Fairfax Meeting in Kansas Metropolis, Kan., will lengthen downtime by way of the week of Might 10. Each vegetation have been down given that week of Feb. 8.

GM has continued manufacturing and customary shifts at its full-size pickup or SUV vegetation all by means of the chip catastrophe, nonetheless the automaker has resorted to constructing some pickups with out sure modules.

President Joe Biden acknowledged on Wednesday that U.S. Senate leaders are on the brink of introduce legal guidelines on semiconductors. The White Home is able to keep a digital summit on the problem on Monday that’s anticipated to embrace senior U.S. auto executives, along with Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley and GM CEO Mary Barra.

 

Reuters contributed to this report.

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