The roll-out of General Motors‘ new line of full-size SUVs was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and now another separate problem is hampering deliveries.
According to Automotive News, mayflies are leaving behind a residue on the paint of thousands of Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL SUVs as they sit in storage in a lot near the automaker’s Arlington Assembly plant in Texas. The publication says the damage to the paint of the GM full size SUVs has forced the automaker to delay deliveries to some dealerships, which were already grappling with limited inventory due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
AN spoke to one dealer, Pete Eischen Chevrolet in Oklahoma, which received a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe with mayfly residue still on it, forcing the serve department to repaint the hood. The residue also clung to the vehicle’s chrome trim and wheels and damaged the finish. A sales associate at the dealership said GM told them their delivery had been pushed back so it could clean the mess off of the SUV, only for it to arrive late with mayflies still stuck to the exterior.
“We were told all would be cleaned before delivery. We waited three months for nothing,” the salesperson, George Eischen, said.
A GM spokesperson contradicted Eichen’s experience, however, telling AN that “plant personnel are rapidly cleaning vehicles so that they arrive to our dealers and customers in flawless condition.”
There are a number of lakes located near the Arlington Assembly plant, which brings mayflies to the region. GM full size SUV models are apparently being stored in a lot located nearby one of these lakes, but it’s unclear if GM has now stopped this practice.
GM has faced an uphill battle replenishing the inventory of its two biggest moneymakers: its line of light-duty and heavy-duty trucks and its all-new line of full-size SUVs. The popularity of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, along with the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, made the trucks harder to come by earlier in the year. The all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, meanwhile, faced setbacks related to the COVID-19 pandemic at a difficult time in the initial launch period.