GM to temporarily halt most of its full-size pickup production due to chips shortage

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Business News

The chips, made mostly in Taiwan, are used in a variety of electronics. They are in tight supply after demand for them rose during the COVID-19 pandemic as people bought laptops and other personal electronics that also use them. The chips go into a variety of car parts.

GM is running what the industry has called a build-shy strategy, where it builds as much of its vehicles as it can, less the parts that require the chips. It's been parking tens of thousands of vehicles all over the country to await final production once the chip parts become available.

Late last week, a worker at Lansing Delta Township plant told the Free Press there are about 15,000 vehicles parked, awaiting chip parts to complete production and ship to dealers. The worker asked to not be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Barnas said the downtime at the pickup and SUV plants will "provide us with the opportunity to complete unfinished vehicles at the impacted assembly plants and ship those units to dealers to help meet the strong customer demand for our products."

To keep vehicles flowing to dealers, GM also has been building some vehicles without certain chip parts.


In March, GM said it would build certain 2021 light-duty full-size pickups without a fuel management module until the end of the model year in late summer.

In June, GM started building certain full-size SUVs and pickups without the Automatic Stop/Start, the feature that turns off the engine when a driver stops at an intersection and then automatically restarts it when the driver steps on the throttle.

Most recently, GM said it will make some SUVs without a wireless phone charging feature.

"The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid, but GM's global purchasing and supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams continue to find creative solutions and make strides working with the supply base to minimize the impact to our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers," Barnas said.

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