GM factories running short of chips to reopen by November 1
DETROIT — General Motors said Friday it expects to reopen its three remaining North American assembly plants that have been shut down due to a global microchip shortage by November 1.
GM also said it plans to resume building Chevrolet Malibu cars for the first time in nearly nine months at a partially reopened plant in Kansas.
The automaker said its plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, which has been closed since mid-August, will begin building the Chevrolet Blazer on October 18, followed by the Chevy Equinox as soon as November 1.
GM said two other tempering plants — San Luis Potosi Assembly in Mexico and CAMI Assembly in Ontario — that have been shutdown since mid-July will reopen on November 1. San Luis Potosi is also building the GMC Terrain.
“Although the situation remains complex and highly variable, we remain confident in our team’s ability to continue finding innovative solutions to reduce the impact of the semiconductor shortage that has affected the industry,” GM said in a statement.
Rest of General Motors North American assembly plants Which was low due to a shortage of chips resumed this month. Many factories are still down for retooling, and Chevy Bolt production has been halted due to a battery recall.
The restart of production of the Malibu may be a sign that GM thinks it can get an adequate supply of chips for the foreseeable future. Fairfax Association In Kansas, it resumed production of the Cadillac XT4 last month, but did not make the Malibu Since early February.
General Motors has redirected chips for its slow-selling sedan to factories that make more profitable cars, like its own. SUV factory in Texas, which remained online continuously throughout the supply crisis.
However, the company has delayed previous Malibu production restarts several times during the shutdown and could do so again if it decides the chips are still better used elsewhere.
As a result of the production shutdown, GM sold only 269 Malibus in the United States in the third quarter, 99 percent less than the same period a year earlier.
Editor’s note: GM’s San Luis Potosi plant builds the GMC Terrain. An earlier version of this story misspelled which genetically modified plant built the terrain.