Barra said GM is working to protect its production of pickups and SUVs.
“We’re doing everything possible. We won’t lose any production throughout the year where it relates to pickups and SUVs," Barra said. "We’re going to be able to meet our production outlook."
One potential solution, Barra said at the time, if GM does face a chip shortage in modules used in its pickups and SUVs, is to build the vehicles, then when the modules become available, assemble them and ship them.
On Monday, GM started building certain 2021 light-duty full-size pickups without a fuel management module. That will go until the end of the model year in late summer, all because of the chip shortage.
Rivals down, too
Across town, Ford Motor Co. has had to either shut down or cancel shifts in January and February at a half-dozen of its North American plants, including its F-150 pickup plants because of parts shortages.
On Monday, Ford said the chip shortage has forced it to cut the number of shifts at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and shut down the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake this week. Ohio Assembly will be down completely and Kentucky Truck will be working two of three shifts because of a parts shortage.
Last week, Ford announced that it would be building F-150 pickups without all the parts needed because of the parts shortage.
Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, shuttered plants in Mexico and Canada, building the Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, through the end of January. But most of its North American facilities ran normally in February, except Windsor Assembly, which was down for three weeks.
The shortage is preventing one version of the popular Ram 1500 pickup from being shipped to dealers. The truck, known as the Ram 1500 Classic, is built at Stellantis' Warren Truck Assembly and at a plant in Mexico.
Stellantis said Monday that it is holding unfinished trucks at the plants until parts become available.©2021 www.freep.com. Visit at freep.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.