Microchip Shortage Cuts GM North America Production By 80,000 Units So Far13
The global microchip shortage has already resulted in nearly 80,000 units worth of missed production for General Motors in North America.
According to data obtained by Automotive News, the chip shortage has so far taken 121,000 units out of North American vehicle production schedule – a significant 79,600 of which are GM vehicles. This included 17,000 examples of the Chevy Equinox crossover from the GM CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario and a combined 24,100 examples of the Chevy Malibu sedan and Cadillac XT4 crossover from the GM Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas. The automaker has also missed out on the production of about 12,700 vehicles in total from its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, which makes the Chevy Camaro sports coupe and Cadillac CT4 and CT5 luxury sedans.
GM is set to lose more vehicle production in the coming months, too. The automaker announced last week that it would close CAMI until the end of June at the earliest due to a chip shortage, which will result in more missed production for the popular Chevy Equinox crossover. The Fairfax Assembly plant will also remain closed until the first week of July.
The automaker is prioritizing its popular and profit-heavy full-size trucks and SUVs amid the microchip shortage, which are the bread and butter of its business in North America. In a statement released last week, the automaker said it is working closely with chip suppliers “to mitigate the short-term impact and leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers.” Despite its best efforts, GM has still hit some chip-related snags on vehicles like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, electing to build certain examples without Active Fuel Management (AFM) and Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) technologies to help maintain its microchip stockpile.
In its Q1 earnings report, Ford trimmed its vehicle production forecast for Q2 2021 by 50 percent and predicted the chip supply shortage could extend into 2022. Pat Gelsinger, CEO of Intel, America’s largest chip producer, predicts a similar outcome, saying the chip shortage will take a “couple of years,” to fully resolve.
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ugh, this sucks so much.
Yes it does, and being in the IT industry i can’t give customers good dates on new computers/servers that they have ordered. I hope everyone learns from this and not rely on one part of the world for computer parts.
Same old problem, rely on someone else to produce what we need. Should be making chips as well as other things like consumer electronics. Definitely have too many eggs in one basket.
We are holding our self hostage to materials supplied from other countries. Wake up America. These and other chips are used in too many applications to be imported. This virus proves to them they can slow our economy by reducing output of small yet important products. This virus also exposed medical supplies and prescriptions from China. Product safety and product life has also been reduced. We are too dependent on other countries.
This is what poor corporate management in America brings.
The Japanese get it. Americans do not.
How is Elon Musk dealing with this shortage at Tesla?
Busy at SNL right now.
There is an article about this elsewhere (not sure if I can post). But basically they used the body controllers they have readily available and tweaked the software. Now these specific chips are not needed… Innovating and adapting!!
I’m old. I’ve been in and still am in manufacturing, mostly automotive. I said to myself, 25-30 years ago, “global sourcing is a really bad idea!” I just had to hang out long enough to realize it .
If you follow the media they have no other reason why this is happening other than a high demand for consumer electronics this may be some of the problem but is by no means the main reason which is three fires in chip plants in the recent past along with poor policy on the US by not protecting our best interests. We need a fair open trade policy that also protects our interests we need to create a list of all critical items that we use and not allow 100% of xyz product to be produced in other countries companies do not have our countries best interest in their business practices all the time
The Sierra 1500’s have also been impacted. They have delayed many AT4’s with any sort of Tech or Driver Alert package. Basically, if you order one, you will be waiting months (and maybe even until the 2022’s arrive).