According to a recent report from Detroit Free Press, General Motors will shut down production at the Spring Hill Assembly facility on Monday, April 12th, with plans to idle the facility for two weeks. The Spring Hill Assembly facility produces several GM crossovers, including the GMC Acadia, the Cadillac XT5, and the Cadillac XT6.
Additionally, Detroit Free Press reports that GM’s Lansing Delta Township facility will be idled on Monday, April 19th, with plans to halt production for one week. The Lansing Delta Township facility builds the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse.
GM will also halt production of the Chevy Blazer for one week at its Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico, starting April 19th. The Ramos Arizpe facility will continue to produce the Chevy Equinox during that time.
Elsewhere, GM is extending production cuts at various other facilities, both in the U.S. and abroad. The production idle extensions include GM’s Fairfax Assembly and Stamping in Kansas, the Lansing Grand River Plant in Michigan, GM’s CAMI Ingersoll Plant in Ontario, Canada, GM’s Gravatai Plant in Brazil, and the GM Bupyeoung plant in South Korea.
The production cuts stem primarily from an industry-wide shortage in semiconductor chips, which GM estimates will result in $2 billion in lost earnings this year. Some estimates put the production losses at 60,000 vehicles throughout North America.
The shortage has also affected GM’s rivals, including Ford and Stellantis, both of which have idled production facilities throughout North America this year.
Although General Motors has cut production for some of its models, the automaker has stated that the semi-conductor shortage will not affect production of its highly profitable full-size truck and SUV models. That said, the recent severe winter weather that swept through the U.S. in February did force production cuts at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant in Texas and the GM Fort Wayne Assembly facility in Indiana.