The Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain are produced at three North American facilities, including CAMI in Ingersoll, Canada, Ramos Arizpe in Mexico, and San Potosí, also in Mexico. All three facilities have pushed back Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain production until the October date.
As GM Authority has covered previously, General Motors has announced new production stoppages at eight of its North American Facilities. In addition to the three facilities mentioned above, General Motors will also idle production at the GM Wentzville production facility in Missouri, affecting new units of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks, as well as Fort Wayne in Indiana, Silao in Mexico, Lansing Delta Township in Michigan, and Spring Hill in Tennessee.
General Motors isn’t alone when it comes to feeling the impact of the global microchip shortage. Indeed, the entirety of the auto industry continues to grapple with the effects, which have now extended into other industries as well.
General Motors has contended with the global microchip shortage since earlier in the 2021 calendar year, employing a number of different strategies to curb production stoppages and keep new units rolling off the line. One of these strategies is known as a “build-shy” strategy, which essentially continues production for a certain model in an incomplete state. The effected model is then parked as new microchips are located. Once additional supplies are acquired, the vehicle is then completed, after which it is shipped out to dealers.
Another strategy General Motors has employed is deletion of certain features that require microchips, such as Active Fuel Management and Dynamic Fuel Management with the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado.
Unfortunately, experts predict that the microchip shortage could last for quite some time, with the latest predictions extending out to 2023.