The automaker plans to suspend production operations at the GM Gravataí plant in Brazil’s Río Grande do Sul state for two weeks this month, dedicated exclusively to the production of the second-generation Chevy Onix in its two body variants – Onix (hatchback) and Onix Plus (sedan). The company states that it will suspend Onix production in February to make adjustments to the plant.
“The GM Gravataí plant will make adjustments to the [Chevrolet Onix and Onix Plus] production program and grant collective vacations to employees from February 12th to 25th,” the company said in an official press release addressed to Brazilian media.
The temporary production halt of the Chevy Onix at the Gravataí factory will occur just one month after the return of the collective vacations granted to the complex’s employees in December and January. Although GM did not provide details about the “production program adjustments,” union sources say this is actually a measure to reduce inventory levels and adapt to market demand.
According to unofficial estimates by Brazilian outlet AutoData, the GM Gravataí plant is currently manufacturing around 1,000 units of both versions of the Chevy Onix per day in two production shifts – roughly the same level of production as last year. Around 5,000 metal workers among the plant’s 7,000 total employees participate in the two assembly shifts.
Production of the Chevy Onix at the GM Gravataí plant in Brazil is expected to resume on Monday, February 26th, when workers are scheduled to return to operating the complex’s assembly lines. The factory operates below its installed capacity of close to 400,000 units per year and has not received adjustments since the last remodeling for the current Onix completed in 2019.