General Motors has lost out on hundreds of thousands of units of production amid the global semiconductor shortage, but only about one percent were full-size GM trucks.
According to Automotive News, the ongoing semiconductor shortage has forced GM to cancel the production of well over 250,000 vehicles to date. Despite this, only about one percent were from its Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra model lineups, with the automaker actively working to mitigate the effects the shortage had on its most popular and profitable models.
GM has gone to lengths to ensure the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra were shielded from the effects of the semiconductor shortage. First, the automaker began shipping certain examples of the trucks without Active Fuel Management and Dynamic Fuel Management to reduce the number of chips it uses per unit. Shortly after, it pulled the optional HD Radio from the truck’s order books for the exact same reason.
The automaker has also been storing partially completed Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks in need of microchips at lots near its assembly plants. This allows it to quickly complete the trucks once it has the necessary chips it needs, mitigating the impact of its minuscule chip supply.
With GM prioritizing its full-size trucks, some of its passenger cars and smaller crossovers have taken the brunt of the impact of the chip shortage. The GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan, which builds the Chevy Camaro, Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5, has been partially offline since March, with production of the CT4 and CT5 not expected to resume until early August. Production of the Chevy Camaro at the facility only restarted in late June.
The Chevy Equinox and Chevy Malibu sedan have also been in short supply amid the chip drought. The Chevy Equinox is produced at GM CAMI Assembly plant in Ontario and two GM plants in Mexico, while the Chevy Malibu is produced at the GM Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas.