General Motors is extending the shutdown of its Orion assembly plant until at least mid-October due to a battery shortage related to the recently announced Chevy Bolt EV and EUV safety recall. Bloomberg first announced that the company intends to idle its plant during the week of October 11.
“These most recent planning adjustments are driven by continued parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets facing COVID-related restrictions,” the company said in a statement. “We remain confident in our team’s ability to continue to find creative solutions to minimize the impact on our most requested and limited capacity vehicles. Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, GM continues to prioritize the production of full-size trucks which remains in high demand. “
Last week, GM announced that the closure of the Michigan assembly plant, which began on August 23, will extend until September 20, but it is clear that the company has yet to find a solution. solution to the causes of the delay. In the meantime, GM has said it will continue to work with its battery supplier, LG Chem, to update its manufacturing processes and production schedules.
In July, the company launched recalls for its Chevy Bolts due to fire hazards, and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration recommended customers park their vehicles away from homes and other vehicles as a precaution.
Last week, GM announced that production of its full-size trucks and full-size SUVs would begin this week, but chip shortages have also prompted GM to announce a production slowdown at five other assembly plants in America. North. Some, like the Fort Wayne and Silao assembly plants, which produce the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 models, have already reached full capacity on September 13 after being briefly affected by the global semiconductor shortage. GM said.
The Lansing Delta Township, Michigan assembly plant, which builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, will add an additional week of downtime the week of September 27 and is expected to resume production the week of October 4. The factory has been closed since July 19. Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac Black Wing downtimes have also been extended through the week of the 27th, along with previously announced production downtimes for the Cadillac CT4 and CT5. Camaro production has been declining since September 13 and that of the CT4 and CT5 since May 10.
Production of the Equinox, Blazer and GMC Terrain has also been pushed back to the week of October 11, which are also produced at the CAMI assembly plant in Canada and at the San Luis Potosi assembly and the Ramos assembly in Mexico. Production of the Blazer and Equinox has been down since August 23 and August 16, respectively.
Cadillac XT4 production, down since February 8, will resume at Fairfax Assembly in Kansas next week. GM said production of the Chevrolet Malibu, which is also at Fairfax and has been down since February 8, will remain down until the week of October 25.