GM asks suppliers to put a hold on mid-cycle refresh parts.
Manufacturing plants still idled so nothing’s moving anyhow.
This does not affect all-new vehicles that were slated for launch this year.
The list of disruptions caused by COVID-19 to our lives will certainly be the subject of many a documentary and movie in the near future. One industry that will feature prominently in these films will be automotive. From auto shows shutting down to dwindling new car demand, idling plants and now delaying mid-cycle updates, the pandemic’s side-effects are still growing. As of now, GM seems to be the first to officially put the brakes on its product updates.
The ripple effects are clear: the current global pandemic’s grip on life as we know it and its consequences will be felt for a long time. One effect is the delaying of planned product introduction and updates. On the latter point, GM has instructed its suppliers to stop tooling up and manufacturing parts for its many vehicles that were due for a mid-cycle refresh this year. Models include the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, GMC Terrain as well as the Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse. The Chevrolet Bolt and Camaro were also on the list.
Unaffected are new product launches that are still scheduled for later this year including the recently introduced full-size Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade. Also still in the works are the Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer truck, Cadillac Lyriq, and Ultium battery program. Sadly, a future version of the C8 Chevrolet Corvette will be delayed.
Despite the Trump administration extending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines until April 30, many carmakers are planning to resume production as early as next week. Ford is considering both Monday, April 6th and 14th to start up some assembly lines while FCA will maintain the shutdown until the 14th.
Detroitnews details other OEM plans as follows:
“Other automakers also have not altered their restart dates since Trump extended the federal guidelines. Toyota Corp.’s North American plants will open April 17 with production resuming April 20. Volkswagen AG intends to restart production at its Tennessee plant at 10 p.m. April 5. Honda Motor Co. Ltd.’s 12 manufacturing facilities, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s Mississippi and Tennessee plants and Subaru Corp.’s Indiana plant are closed through April 6. Hyundai Motor Co. has suspended production in Alabama until April 10.”