After weeks of protests and back-and-forth, it’s looking like the ongoing negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors are finally making some headway. Nevertheless, the effects of the walkout have been felt across the nation, and have even stretched over the border with furloughs in Mexico and Canada. Now, it’s looking like production of the Chevrolet Blazer will be put on pause as well.
In a recent statement, General Motors of Mexico reported that that the Ramos Arizpe Assembly Plant, which is responsible for assembling both engines and vehicles, will halt production of the Chevrolet Blazer, and instead shift production capacity to the Chevrolet Equinox.
The statement was made on October 18th, and indicates that the Chevrolet Blazer production pause was a result of a components shortage stemming from the ongoing UAW strike.
Furthermore, the statement indicates that production at the facility’s engine and transmission line was halted. However, this stoppage is a result of a technical issue with the production line itself, and is unrelated to the UAW strike.
To note, the Ramos Arizpe Assembly Plant produces Gen 5 small block V8 truck engines.
The new Chevrolet Blazer production stoppage is the latest in a series of production hiccups at GM’s various Mexican facilities. As we covered previously, GM of Mexico paused production at the Silao, Guanajuato, plant earlier this month as a result of a slowdown in parts delivery from the U.S., once again stemming from the UAW strike. GM took the opportunity to perform preventative maintenance at the facility.
Then on October 5th, GM reported reported a disruption to its engine and transmissions plant at the Ramos Arizpe facility, once again as a result of component shortages stemming from the UAW strike.
For now, the UAW is voting on a contract proposal put together by GM and union leaders last week. The UAW will remain on strike until the ratification process is completed.