GM pickup truck production will restart next Monday following a brief shutdown that began on Monday, August 9th.
According to Automotive News, GM pickup production at the automaker’s Fort Wayne Assembly plant and Flint Assembly plant in the U.S., along with its Silao Assembly plant in Mexico, will come back online at the beginning of next week. The Fort Wayne and Silao facilities produce the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, while Flint Assembly produces the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD. All three plants were idled due to the global semiconductor shortage.
GM has managed to avoid taking lengthy downtime at any of its three pickup plants by prioritizing its chip supply for the Silverado and Sierra, which are among its two most popular and profitable products. The automaker has also been storing partially completed trucks in storage lots, allowing it to quickly bring the trucks back into the plant and complete them when it receives more chips. Other trucks are being built without certain features to cut back on chip usage, like HD Radio, Dynamic Fuel Management and Active Fuel Management. GM shut down its truck plants in order to complete these partially finished vehicles, the automaker said last week.
“This period will provide us with the opportunity to complete unfinished vehicles at the impacted assembly plants and ship those units to dealers,” it said in a statement.
Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Sales - H1 2021 - USA
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U.S. sales of the Chevy Silverado were up 34.55 percent to 164,731 units through the first six months of 2021, while GMC Sierra sales rose 40.26 percent to 75,595 units.