The global microchip shortage continues to affect General Motors’ production capabilities, with a new round of production stoppages impacting GM’s North American facilities and delaying production restarts for the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, and GMC Acadia crossovers.
Per a recent report from Reuters, GM’s Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee will be down for two weeks in September, idling production of the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, and GMC Acadia. The production cuts are scheduled to go into effect September 6th, with the facility resuming production on September 20th.
As GM Authority covered previously, GM’s Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee isn’t the only North American General Motors production facility facing new cuts as a result of the microchip shortage. GM also recently announced production cuts at the GM Wentzville production facility in Missouri, impacting production of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks. Similar to the Spring Hill facility, the new cuts at the Wentzville facility are scheduled to go into effect September 6th, and will last two weeks until September 20th.
In total, eight of GM’s North American facilities are facing new production stoppages as a result of the microchip shortage. These also include GM’s Fort Wayne plant in Indiana, San Luis Potosí Assembly in Mexico, the Silao plant in Mexico, Ramos Arizpe in Mexico, CAMI Assembly in Canada, and Lansing Delta Township in Michigan.
Like the broader automotive industry, General Motors has contended with the global microchip shortage throughout the 2021 calendar year. To combat the effects of the shortage, General Motors has employed a number of different strategies, including a “build-shy” strategy wherein certain vehicles are produced in an incomplete state, then parked as new chips are sourced. After fresh microchips are acquired, the vehicles are then completed and shipped out to dealers.
General Motors has also elected to delete certain features from popular models in order to continue production, such as AFM / DFM fuel management systems for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.