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General Motors shuts down North American factories temporarily



Global automotive giant General Motors has been forced to temporarily halt production in North America, revealing closures of its factories

General Motors – the parent company of Holden, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, and Buick, revealed that it was temporarily halting production at six of its North American factories as a result of the global chip shortage.

The move from GM makes it the latest major automaker to be impacted by the tight supply of computer chips.

The four GM US-based plants impacted:

Fort Wayne, Indiana; Wentzville, Missouri; Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Lansing, Michigan.

The company revealed four other factories in Mexico and Canada will also go dark for several weeks as GM works to shore up its supply of chips.

The halt in production will affect GM’s most profitable vehicles, including pickup trucks and SUVs.

“During the downtime, we will repair and ship unfinished vehicles from many impacted plants, including Fort Wayne and Silao, to dealers to help meet the strong customer demand for our products,”

a GM spokesperson said in a company statement

Impacted cars include the Chevy Silverado, Cheyenne, Traverse, Equinox, and Express; GMC Acadia, Sierra, Savana, Terrain, and Canyon; Buick Enclave; and Cadillac XT5 and XT6.

“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.”

This is the second time GM has had to announce temporary factory shutdowns in response to the chip shortage. The automaker, which is the largest in North America, previously idled several factories for two weeks back in April.

Of course, GM isn’t alone in feeling the pain from the global shortage of semiconductor chips, which is showing no signs of improvement. Practically every automaker has had to cut production and temporarily shut down factories in response, including VolkswagenFord, and Toyota.

Even Tesla, which makes far fewer vehicles than most of its rivals, revealed in a statement that it had to rewrite its vehicles’ software to support alternative chips.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed during an earnings call that “the global chip shortage situation remains quite serious”

During a recent earnings call, GM executives wouldn’t specify how much production they expect to lose to the chip shortage.

But CEO Mary Barra said purchasing, manufacturing, engineering, and sales teams are working to divert the chips from cars and smaller SUVs to full-size pickup trucks, big SUVs, and new electric vehicles.

The company stressed that the shortage would cost $1.5 billion to $2 billion in earnings before taxes this year due to lost production.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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