General Motors has just announced that it will stop manufacturing the Chevy Onix at the San Luis Potosí plant, located right in the center of Mexico. Surprisingly, the automaker announced the drastic corporate decision in the Latin country’s media, reporting that it will end Mexican production of Chevrolet‘s most modern subcompact car in the middle of this year.
The head of GM Mexico’s communications department stated that the Chevy Onix will stop being built at the Mexican plant in May, as part of a new manufacturing strategy at the facility – where the company’s crossovers are also manufactured – namely the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain. However, the Onix will continue to be sold in that country with units imported from China.
“This vehicle [Chevy Onix] will continue to be sold in our market, Mexico and Latin America,” said Director of Communications and Public Relations of GM Mexico, Teresa Cid, in a statement. “GM has the capacity and flexibility to produce its vehicles at any of its plants around the world, so it periodically reviews its plans to determine what best suits its manufacturing strategy in order to meet market demand,” she added.
GM will end Chevy Onix production in Mexico after a short and turbulent period of local manufacturing. The second-generation Onix began to be built at the San Luis Potosí plant in December 2019, with the projection of being the company’s highest-volume vehicle in the Mexican market, but just as the plan started, it was severely affected by the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
Chevy Onix production in the Latin country faced multiple setbacks, such as the forced closings of the plant and the global shortage of semiconductors that never allowed it to prosper as GM had planned. In fact, systemic difficulties in the supply chain caused this industrial adjustment that concentrates Onix manufacturing in China as well as in Brazil – where vehicle assembly will once again be temporarily halted.
It should be noted that the Chevy Onix sedan is the only car that the company currently builds in Mexico, so its imminent exit from the production lines will make GM’s Mexican subsidiary an exclusive manufacturer of crossovers and trucks. After two and a half years of local manufacturing, the Onix units for the Mexican market will be assembled at the GM Dong Yue plant in the Chinese city of Yantai.