There's still a lack of chips.
It's been well over a year since the semiconductor chip crisis began and many automakers are still experiencing supply issues. GM is one of them. In the past, the American automaker has done its best to prioritize the chip supply it did have for more profitable vehicles over less profitable ones. Specifically, we're talking about trucks like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra over the Chevy Malibu and Camaro. Everything was being done to protect GM's bottom line. Despite those best efforts, much-needed chips were still lacking for those trucks and SUVs. It's still the same situation today.
The Detroit News has confirmed with GM that it has no choice but to halt production of its light-duty trucks at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana for a whole two weeks next month.
Why is this kind of a big deal? Because it's the first time GM has idled an entire plant due to a lack of chips. The carmaker further noted that all of its North American assembly plants have remained on regular production schedules since November 1, 2021. That will soon change.
"Overall, we have seen better consistency in semiconductor supply through the first quarter compared to last year as a whole," GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement. "This has translated into improvement in our production and deliveries during the first three months of the year."
"However, there is still uncertainty and unpredictability in the semiconductor supply base, and we are actively working with our suppliers to mitigate potential issues moving forward."
The plant will be inactive beginning on April 4 and, as of now, will resume production on April 19. Interestingly, the second GM plant that builds both trucks, the Silao Assembly in Mexico, is not affected by the latest chip shortage and will remain operating normally. Up north in Flint, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, production of GM's heavy-duty trucks will continue to remain up and running without any interruptions.