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Thousands Of Previously Incomplete Chevy Colorado Units Shipped To Dealers

A deluge of freshly completed units of the midsize Chevy Colorado pickup truck are headed to dealers as General Motors installs missing components omitted due to the global microchip shortage.

As we had covered previously, General Motors sought to counter the impact of the microchip shortage by adopting a “build-shy” strategy, whereby its popular models would continue to roll off the production line, but remain without the microchips, and therefore uncompleted, while the automaker procured the parts. The uncompleted vehicles were stockpiled as the plants waited for the necessary chips and now, thousands of those incomplete Chevy Colorado units have been completed and are headed to dealers.

Specifically, GM Authority has learned that during the first few days of June 2021, General Motors retrofitted more than 8,000 units of the Chevy Colorado pickup truck with missing components. Of those 8,000 trucks, 5,000 were then shipped to dealers.

It’s estimated that tens of thousands of unfinished vehicles across GM plants in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, and Mexico remain parked while new chips are sourced.

The ongoing microchip shortage has affected the entirety of the auto industry, with an estimated 278,000 GM vehicles cut from production so far. In addition to reduced production and associated losses in sales volume, the shortage has also affected the availability of vehicle equipment and options, with GM cutting features like engine stop-start and fuel management systems.

During a recent fireside chat with Credit Suisse, General Motors CFO Paul Jacobson indicated that production is expected to normalize by the 2022 calendar year, with improvements coming though the second half of 2021. In addition, GM expects much-improved first-half financial results, beating first-half guidance reported previously.

Vehicle deliveries in the U.S. and Canada are expected to ramp up in the next few months as the impact of the semiconductor chip shortage begins to wane. That includes production of the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD full-size heavy duty pickups, production of which is expected to increase by roughly 1,000 trucks per month starting in July. Meanwhile, production of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon is expected to increase by roughly 30,000 units total through the week of July 5th.

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

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  • I recently drove by a gm dealership. Couldn't believe how bare the lot was. This chip shortage and the high volume of customers must really be intense. I don't expect dealerships to dole out any major discounts until they get the supply sorted out.

    • True, we can expect those prices even without MSRP to be relatively high even on Entry Level models, good thing I was able to get a new Sierra with Incentives a month before the Pandemic really spiked in March of last year.

      • Hopefully but doubtful the the United States will wake up and see just had bad the out sourcing idea really was. If not your next Trucks and SUVs will be coming completely from China.
        Look how well KIA is doing this last decade.

  • Junk. I had to get rid of my truck because Chevrolet Dealers could not fix the DEF problems.
    I spent over. $ 8000.00 on repairs.
    Do not buy this made in china junk. That truck was engineered to fail at 70000 miles.

    • Duramax engines are manufactured in Moraine, Ohio,

      Chevrolet manufactures Colorado models at its Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri, USA. Meanwhile, Colorados for international markets are produced at the GM Rayong Factory in Thailand and in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.Dec 13, 2020

      • True, the 3.0 and the 6.6 diesel engines themselves only cost between $5,500 to a little over $5,600; so clearly that 8,000k repair ( and or) replacement bill is not making too much sense to me.

    • Far from junk. 8 grand????? Who do you work for?
      Top rated midsize truck on the market. Best truck I ever owned..NO issues it’s been bulletproof.

  • Headline could have been worded better, but glad the see there will be more units available for sale.

  • Anyone who knows anything about a good pickup truck knows that these things are crap, and what next year no V6 ,what an overpriced joke, keep making half built trucks, anyone who knows anything if they're in the market would just buy a Tacoma, you won't find a Colorado with over 200,000 miles on it but the original transmission or engine in it, I know people with Tacoma with over 300,000 miles on them with all the original assemblies in them of course they took care of them too, you won't get the same result with a Colorado.

    • What a crock. A missing chip doesn't constitute a half built truck. I'd put my zr2 against any Toyota truck any day. Ive owned chevy trucks all my life and have had 0 issues with any of them. I have a friend with an 05 Colorado with over 260,000 miles on it, and other than normal wear and tear items, nothing wrong. Still on the same engine and trans.

    • I have seen a couple Canyons and Colorados with 500,000 and one with 600,000 miles.

      My uncle even has a S10 with 300,000 and still going strong.

      High mile trucks are not uncommon at GM.

  • Who cares anymore, anyone that wanted a car or truck has purchased a new or used one. The dealers have gotten their so called " MARKET ADJUSTMENT" and seriously how many more panic buyers are left out there to buy anything. I surprisingly switched to Toyota, for a couple of decades I always bought Chevy. The B.S. from the GM dealers was a bit much, so I traded in my 17 Malibu with 33K on it and bought a 21 Nightshade edition Camry. That should do me for about a year or a year and half and lets see what the market is like then?

  • Jonathan, did you know they had people taking the chips out of the Chevy Colorado for about 3 or 4 months and sending them back to the factory to put in other cars? They were then going to retrofit other chips to go into Colorado to finish delivery. It was a bit of a shell game that I'm sure more than GM was playing.

  • Would not be an issue if they would just make cars the old way. Don’t need this technology crap. It’s a tool to get from one place to another, nothing more.

      • I know right! Those good ole days driving a 350 V8 that gave you 10 mpg on the highway. But of course that didn't matter since gas was only around $1.50 when fuel injected engines stated production (early 90's ish). Hell I remember when gas was $0.90 a gallon... It funny how now we want 30+ mpg on full size trucks but gas is almost $4 per gallon here in Vegas... So after you do all the math, 10mpg 30 years ago = 30+ mpg in 2021...

  • The way the headline reads you would think GM was shipping unfinished trucks to the dealers. Poor journalism

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