Production of the Chevy Camaro, along with the 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, was originally set to return on September 27th, however persistent chip allocation problems have now pushed the restart date back to the October 4th. Production of the regular Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 will also return on October 4th, although this was always the restart date set by GM for the two luxury sedans.
GM halted production of the Chevy Camaro and two Blackwing performance sedans at the Grand River plant on September 13th. The standard versions of the CT5 and CT4 have not been produced since the Grand River plant was first shut down on May 10th.
GM has been grappling with a shortage of semiconductor chips throughout 2021, which has hampered the automaker’s production output and forced it to temporarily idle several of its North American plants. The automaker is prioritizing its chips for its most popular and profitable vehicles, which include full-size trucks like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, as well as its line of full-size SUVs. Despite its best efforts, GM has already lost production of around 800,000 vehicles so far this year, making it one of the hardest-hit automakers by the chip shortage.
The Lansing Grand River plant is a 3.4 million-square-foot facility that sits on 111 acres of land in central Michigan. The assembly plant employs 1,221 hourly workers and 196 salaried workers for a total workforce size of 1,417. Workers there are represented by UAW Local 652.
While GM has said it expects the chip supply to stabilize in 2022, it could be a while before the automaker’s production output returns to pre-pandemic levels.