Executive vice president and president for GM North America, Steve Carlisle, sent a letter to dealers this week informing them of the extended plant shutdowns. The CAMI Assembly plant, which builds the Chevy Equinox crossover, will be idled until the week of May 10th.
GM is currently prioritizing its most popular and profitable vehicles as it looks to work through the semi-conductor chip shortage. This includes its full-size SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon and its Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size trucks.
“GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand productions, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers,” Carlisle said in the letter. “We will continue to communicate often to keep you informed and thank you for your support as we manage this situation together.”
The semiconductor shortage has disrupted automotive production across the globe, forcing GM and other major manufacturers like Ford, Volkswagen and Toyota to temporarily idle certain assembly plants and funnel chips to their most popular vehicles.
An auto industry trade group called the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, which represents various OEMs and suppliers, this week called on the Biden Administration to take action to address the chip shortage. The trade group wants the U.S. Commerce Department to direct some of its funding to increase domestic semiconductor production specifically for the automotive industry. The chip shortage has also had a major impact on the consumer electronics industry, resulting in a shortage of popular items like the new PlayStation 5 console.
The majority of semi-conductor chips are currently manufactured abroad, mainly in Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and Korea.