After facing serious difficulties in the local manufacturing of its vehicles over the past few months, General Motors has just announced that it will double the production of the Chevy Onix and Tracker in Brazil. The automaker will add additional production shifts at two Brazilian plants in the coming days to meet the high pent-up demand for the highly successful subcompact car and crossover throughout South America.
GM confirmed that the São Caetano do Sul and Gravataí plants, where the Chevy Onix is manufactured exclusively for the region, will double their production volumes upon resuming the second shift on September 27th and October 4th, respectively. This after a recovery in the semiconductor supply available to Brazilian factories, which have been particularly affected by the global shortage of said components.
“We are preparing for this moment and will do everything in our power to meet the demand of Chevrolet customers while maintaining our focus on business sustainability in the region,” said President of GM South America, Santiago Chamorro, in a press release. “This is a very important moment for employees, suppliers, dealers and consumers,” he added.
With this important action, the manufacturer hopes to halt the drastic decrease in sales volume in recent months, which cost its commercial leadership in the Brazilian market. Notably, the Gravataí plant had been the company’s most productive facility in the world for years, producing the two Chevy Onix body variants that account for about 70 percent of GM’s volume in Brazil.
In addition to the great commercial success of the Chevy Onix, accumulating five consecutive years as the best-selling vehicle in all of Latin America, and the GM car with the highest sales volume at a global level, the local manufacturing start of the Chevy Tracker at the São Caetano plant do Sul in early 2020 quickly made the crossover the fastest-growing nameplate on the Brazilian automotive sales charts.
The production increase of the Chevy Onix and Tracker is very encouraging news for the workers and the extensive network of Chevrolet dealers in Brazil that will bring stability to the operations of the GM subsidiary. Starting in the first week of October, all the company’s plants in the South American country will operate in two production shifts, including the São José dos Campos complex that manufactures the Chevy S10, which was Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle in Brazil during the month of August.