The ongoing global microchip shortage has had a major impact on the auto industry, with automakers forced to curtail production as microchip supplies run dry. That includes production of the Chevy Camaro at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan. Now, however, it looks as though production of the Chevy Camaro will resume a bit earlier than expected.
According to a recent report from The Detroit News, General Motors will resume production of the Chevy Camaro on June 21st. The Lansing Grand River plant was idled May 10th, and was originally slated to remain down until June 28th.
The Lansing Grand River facility also produces the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5. The production of both Cadillac models is expected to remain offline until June 28th. According to the recent Detroit News post, the facility is also set to ramp up production of the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing early in June.
Production and Lansing Grand River facility was previously idled in March as a result of the global microchip shortage, with the Chevy Camaro, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5 all offline. Production later resumed early May.
Several other GM production facilities have been impacted by the microchip shortage, including San Luis Potosi in Mexico, Ramos Arizpe Assembly in Mexico, CAMI Assembly in Ontario, Fairfax Assembly in Kansas, and Bupyeong 1 Assembly in South Korea. Recent estimates place lost production at 278,000 units for General Motors thus far.
In a bid to keep production of its popular pickup trucks and SUVs rolling, General Motors has reportedly adopted a “build-shy” strategy whereby units are produced in an unfinished state, then stored as additional chips are sourced for completion. Reports indicate that tens of thousands of unfinished vehicles are currently parked at various GM facilities around the U.S. and Mexico.