Chevy Blazer production was originally scheduled to resume October 4th, 2021. However, as a result of delays incurred by the ongoing global microchip shortage, the Chevy Blazer production restart date was delayed.
To note, the 2022 Chevy Blazer introduces only a few small changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year. Among these is the addition of two new exterior colors, namely Nitro Yellow Metallic (paint code GCP), and Blue Glow Metallic (paint code GHT). Additionally, a few LPO-level options were also deleted.
The GM Ramos Arizpe production facility was originally idled in August due to the ongoing microchip shortage. The facility is also responsible for production of the Chevy Equinox crossover. However, production the Equinox is currently offline, and is not expected to resume until November 22nd as the microchip shortage drags on.
In order to soften the blow of the shortage, General Motors has prioritized production of its most popular and profitable models, namely its full-size SUVs and trucks. Several other GM production facilities have been forced to idle this year in the face of dwindling chip supplies, many of which are still offline.
A few of the GM models and production facilities that are still offline include production of the Chevy Malibu at the GM Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas, the Chevy Equinox at the GM Ingersoll/CAMI facility in Canada, the Chevy Onix and GMC Terrain at the San Luis Potosi facility in Mexico, and the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, and GMC Acadia at the GM Spring Hill facility in Tennessee.
For the moment, global microchip supplies are expected to bounce back in a significant way over the coming months. However, the available volume will remain significantly lower than what is in demand by the auto industry, as outlined previously by GM President Mark Reuss.