When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., General Motors responded by temporarily suspending North American production operations. As a result, supplies of large GM trucks and SUV models dwindled, but now, as workers return to the line and the new models roll out, the automaker’s various large pickup and SUV plants are running full steam ahead.
“GM remains focused on producing the right mix of vehicles to meet demand,” General Motors states in its Q3 2020 press release. “Large pickup and full-size SUV plants are all operating on three shifts and at maximum overtime. Robust, multi-layered COVID-19 safety protocols have been implemented across all of GM’s facilities to help keep employees safe and restore production to pre-pandemic levels.”
In the U.S., General Motors produces its large pickup models, including the GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, and Sierra HD / Silverado HD, at the GM Flint Assembly facility in Flint, Michigan, and the Fort Wayne Assembly facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Meanwhile, the automaker’s large SUV lineup, which includes the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon / Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade / Escalade ESV are all produced at the GM Arlington facility in Arlington, Texas.
Meanwhile, the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 GM trucks are also produced at the Silao Assembly Plant in Mexico, which is also believed to be running at full steam.
As GM Authority covered last week, U.S. GM sales were down 10 percent in Q3 of 2020, with 665,192 units sold. All four GM brands saw sales decreases. Chevy Silverado sales dropped 5 percent, Chevy Tahoe Sales dropped 12 percent, Chevy Suburban sales dropped 39 percent, and GMC Yukon sales dropped nearly 25 percent. Interestingly, GMC Sierra sales saw a 2 percent increase.
Sales Numbers - Large GM Trucks And SUVs - Q3 2020 - USA
|MODEL||Q3 20 / Q3 19||Q3 20||Q3 19||YTD 20 / YTD 19||YTD 20||YTD 19|
However, with the next-gen GM trucks and SUVS now revealed and production ramping up to pre-pandemic levels, those sales numbers are likely to see a huge boost in the next few months.
Let us know what you think in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more ongoing General Motors news coverage.