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GM adds downtime at 5 crossover plants due to chip shortage

General Motors said Thursday it is adding more downtime at five crossover plants in North America because of the global microchip shortage.

Four plants will be down from July 19 until Aug. 2:

 

  • Lansing Delta Township, in Michigan, which builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave
  • Spring Hill Assembly, in Tennessee, which builds the Cadillac XT5 XT6 and GMC Acadia
  • San Luis Potosi Assembly, in Mexico, which builds the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain
  • Ramos Arizpe Assembly, in Mexico, which builds the Chevy Equinox and Blazer

 

GM also said CAMI Assembly in Ingersoll, Ontario, which previously was scheduled to be down the last two weeks of July, now will remain idle until Aug. 23. The plant builds the Chevy Equinox. The Detroit News reported the updated production schedules earlier Thursday.

Last week, AutoForecast Solutions estimated that the industry could lose 6.2 million vehicles globally because of the chip crisis. Automakers in North America alone could lose nearly 2 million vehicles.

Despite the shortage, GM has shipped about 30,000 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups between mid-May and July 14, as planned, the automaker said. Production of the midsize pickups will restart Monday, after the plant took downtime to prepare for the next model year.

The automaker also has begun shipping vehicles without specific features, such as wireless charging and fuel management modules, to save chips.

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