Production of the subcompact crossover began at the South Korean plant in January, with U.S. deliveries commencing in early February.
GM suspended production of the vehicle this week as South Korean exports were capped due to the pandemic. According to Automotive News, the ‘BP1’ line at the Incheon plant is scheduled to run for seven business days this month and will be idled for another 11.
GM is also running short on wiring harnesses for the subcompact crossover amid the global pandemic. The wiring harnesses are shipped to the Incheon plant from a supplier located in the Philippines.
Vehicle exports in Korea fell by 36 percent year-over-year in April, according to AN, while components shipments fell by 50 percent. The country experienced an early wave of coronavirus cases but has successfully managed the outbreak and is slowly returning to normal life. The South Korean government reopened malls, bakeries and other retail shops last week.
Production of the Chevrolet Trailblazer began in January after GM Korea held a ceremony to celebrate the launch of the vehicle at the Bupyeong Plant near Seoul. The Trailblazer is also built alongside the new Buick Encore GX at the plant. The vehicles are important strategic models for GM, which describes the pair as “subcompact-plus” crossovers that fill the gap between subcompact offerings like the Trax and Encore and compact vehicles like the Equinox and Envision.
“This new Chevrolet global SUV, proudly developed and manufactured in Korea, is the next-generation core model that will lead the brand’s future,” Kaher Kazem, GM Korea President and CEO, said earlier this year.
It’s not clear how Trailblazer supply and sales will be affected in the U.S., though car dealerships are slowly coming back online in certain parts of the country. Experts predict car sales will rebound in the second half of 2020, but the market’s performance is dependent on a number of variables and will likely differ from state-to-state.
Source: Automotive News