We reported in September of last year, and then again in January, that landed, or on-the-ground, inventory of the Chevy Blazer crossover at Chevrolet dealerships was running at just 28 days. By the end of February, the figure had risen slightly to 31 days. Now, GM Authority has learned that supply has dropped to 19 days as of the end of March, even further than before from the 60 days considered optimal in the U.S. auto industry.
When a model spends so little time on average sitting on dealer lots between arrival and sale, it suggests that either supply is too low, demand is too high, or both. Though the Blazer is one of GM’s hottest vehicles, it recently fell from seventh- to eighth-best-selling Chevy models following the introduction of the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. In fact, sales for the first quarter of 2021 were down 13 percent compared to the figure for the same period in 2020.
Sales Results - Q1 2021 - USA - Chevrolet
MODEL Q1 2021 / Q1 2020 Q1 2021 Q1 2020 BLAZER -13.00%
19,265 22,144 BOLT EV +53.67%
9,025 5,873 CAMARO -1.34%
7,089 7,185 COLORADO +12.38%
24,083 21,430 CORVETTE +73.06%
6,611 3,820 EQUINOX -13.93%
63,218 73,453 EXPRESS +26.81%
16,877 13,309 IMPALA -90.69%
462 4,965 LOW CAB FORWARD +10.38%
957 867 MALIBU -23.51%
26,987 35,283 SILVERADO -12.54%
126,591 144,734 SONIC -75.47%
1,065 4,341 SPARK +23.02%
11,505 9,352 SUBURBAN +17.36%
11,143 9,495 TAHOE +12.91%
23,038 20,403 TRAILBLAZER +834,033.00%
25,024 3 TRAVERSE +26.39%
38,037 30,095 TRAX -39.97%
16,955 28,242 CHEVROLET TOTAL -1.72%
The culprit for the lower sales volume as well as the lower days supply is the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. The circumstance has caused GM to extend production cuts at the Ramos Arizpe Assembly plant in Mexico, where the Blazer is made. The situation has forced GM to start parking partially assembled vehicles at the facility. Production work on these parked vehicles will be completed later this year once semiconductor chips are more broadly available.
The 2019-2021 Chevy Blazer intended for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia and Middle East markets are built at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. This model exclusively features a two-row, five-passenger seating configuration. A slightly longer version of the Blazer is built at the GM-Cadillac Jinqiao plant in Shanghai for the Chinese market. This model is available in either a three-row, seven-seat configuration, or a two-row, five-seat setup which was officially launched in August of last year.
In North America, the Blazer is offered with a choice of three gasoline engines – the naturally aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV, rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, which makes 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX, which produces 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All three are mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
As GM Authority exclusively revealed last month, the 2.5L I4 LCV is the least popular of these engines, perhaps partly because it is available only in conjunction with the lowest trim levels. As a result, it’s expected to be removed from the range for the 2022 model year. Other expected changes include revised content within the trim levels, new colors, and a few other minor changes and updates. A more comprehensive refresh is not expected until the 2023 model year.