The majority of General Motors‘ U.S. assembly plants will not undergo their usual two-week summer shutdown this year, the automaker confirmed this week.
GM’s U.S. plants typically observe a two-week shutdown at the beginning of July as its factories prepare to retool and prepare for the new model year vehicles. This year, however, the automaker has elected to keep its plants open through the beginning of July to
“meet strengthening customer demand and strong dealer demand,” for vehicles, particularly with its trucks, crossovers and SUVs. This year’s two-week shutdown would have been held the weeks of June 29th and July 6th, according to The Detroit News.
General Motors dealers are currently experiencing a glut of inventory after the automaker’s plants sat idle for two months during the COVID-19 pandemic. It began to reopen its assembly plants on May 18th and hopes to be back up and running at full capacity before the end of the month. In a statement, the automaker said the “restart of vehicle production at GM’s manufacturing facilities continues to go safely and smoothly,” thanks to “excellent teamwork,” from its hourly workers.
With demand for its most popular models remaining strong even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, GM is eager to get more vehicles to its U.S. and Canadian dealers. The automaker is running low on Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra supply and will also be paying close attention to the inventory of other popular models like the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. GM is also currently trying to roll out its new line of full-size SUVs, which are being built at its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas.
One General Motors dealer said this week that the spring and summer months are “peak selling season,” which could make it difficult for GM to build up a strong supply of vehicles, even if it does return to full production capacity this month.