GM is putting its cost-cutting plans into action.
Last month, customers who ordered their 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with the expensive 5VM Visible Carbon Fiber Splitter and Side Skirts were left disappointed when they were told the expensive package will no longer be available due to supply issues. But it turns out the Corvette isn't the only GM model that will have fewer build options available than originally planned.
Originally, the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain were going to have over 200 build combinations, but this has been reduced to less than 100 due to cuts being made by GM to reduce manufacturing costs.
Speaking at the recent GM Capital Markets Day event, company president Mark Reuss announced that GM managed to eliminate 12 percent of parts used in its plants in 2019, which is around 3,500 parts in total. This year, the automaker wants to eliminate a further 25 percent of parts used in its plants.
This will be achieved by removing trim levels, paint options, engine and transmission options, and sharing parts for some models. For example, the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain "will have more reused and shared parts," according to Reuss.
"We will reduce total trim levels on Equinox and Terrain from eight to six, reduce engine variants from 11 to five, reduce build combinations from more than 200 to less than 100 per program, and see significant cost savings of an already paid-for architecture that took the mass out, helping us self-fund electrification programs," Reuss said during the conference.
GM's new platforms will be around 350 pounds lighter, while the reduced number of engine options could refer to international variants such as unique engines offered in Australia and South America. These are just some of the several cutbacks GM has made lately. Recently, the Chevrolet Impala ended production and is one of several GM models being killed off, which will allow the automaker to invest in electric vehicles and autonomous technology.