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News GM Will Slash North American Production as Chip Shortage Continues

GM Will Slash North American Production as Chip Shortage Continues

The ongoing global chip shortage once more affects GM, among other automakers

  • Pickups, Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Terrain, and others affected.

  • Eight plants are impacted in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

  • Plants to be idled for up to two weeks.

What was once thought to be a short-term issue has grown into a long-lasting and extremely costly problem. The global microchip shortage will cost the auto industry an estimated $110 billion in 2021 alone. And it’s expected to last into 2022. Once more, and unfortunately, GM will have to idle some of its plants for a short period of time.

2021 GMC Sierra AT4 | Photo: GMC

We are now well into the second half of 2021 and already GM is predicting that production will down by an estimated 100,000 units. This guesstimate is partially based on the fact that they will halt production at eight of their North American plants for two weeks.

“Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confident in our team’s ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles,” the company said in a statement Thursday as reported by CNBC.

Affected vehicles include the ultra-popular and profitable Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 full-size pickups, Chevrolet and GMC midsize pickups, as well as a number of crossovers and SUVs.

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