GM ships 30,000 pickups, but will idle plants that make midsize SUVs

Just when General Motors makes strides in one area, it must sacrifice in another as the auto industry continues to battle a worldwide shortage of semiconductor chips used in many car parts.

GM hit its production target to finish building and shipping nearly 30,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, which were awaiting chip parts, to dealers this week. 

But starting Monday, GM must idle four of its North American plants that build midsize SUVs — including Lansing Delta Township Assembly — for two weeks due to the chips shortage.

GM plant workers say there are tens of thousands of midsize SUVs parked, awaiting chips to complete production and ship to dealers, but a GM spokesman declined to comment on specific numbers saying the situation changes daily.

In an internal notice to GM workers obtained by the Free Press on Thursday and confirmed by GM, the automaker will idle the following plants starting Monday through July 26:

  • San Luis Potosi, Mexico: Builds Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain midsize SUVs
  • Ramos Assembly, Mexico: Builds the Equinox and GMC Blazer midsize SUVs
  • Lansing Delta Township: Builds Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse midsize SUVs
  • Spring Hill Assembly, Tennessee: Builds Cadillac XT5, XT6 and GMC Acadia midsize SUVs

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