GM extends crossover downtime as pickup production resumes Monday
DETROIT — General Motors said it would restart production at its full-size pickup truck plants on Monday, as planned, after a hiatus this week due to global microchip shortages.
Throughout the chip crisis, GM aimed to keep production of high-demand pickup trucks going, opting instead for idle crossover production. But in late July, the automaker began intermittently suspending production at its three pickup truck plants in Flint, Michigan; Silao, Mexico; and Fort Wayne, Ind.
Flint builds the heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. Silao builds the Cheyenne for Mexico, as well as the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 light-duty pickups. Fort Wayne builds the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500.
“While the situation remains complex and very fluid, our global procurement and supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams continue to find creative solutions and make progress working with the supply base to minimize the impact on our most in-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles, including trucks and full-size SUVs for our customers,” GM said in a statement Thursday.
AutoForecast Solutions estimates that 5.8 million vehicles have been cut from automakers’ global production plans. It predicts that 7.1 million vehicles could eventually be dropped from production plans due to chip shortages.