GM halts production at several North American plants due to chip shortages

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General Motors Co. GM, -1.39% will halt production at several North American factories and extend closures at some others due to a prolonged shortage of semiconductor chips that is disrupting the auto industry’s hopes of recovering this year. The automaker said Thursday that three plants previously unaffected by the chip shortage will either be idle or have reduced production for a week or two, including a factory in Tennessee and another in Michigan that make popular midsize sport utility vehicles. . Affected vehicles include the Chevrolet Traverse SUV and the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 SUVs.

GM will also extend the closures of a factory in the Kansas City area and a plant in Ontario until May 10. Both facilities have been closed since February, as GM diverts chips from less popular models to large trucks and SUVs, which are its biggest benefit. producers. “GM continues to take advantage of all available semiconductors to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products,” said a company spokesman. So far, GM has avoided taking downtime at the four factories where it makes the company’s largest pickup trucks and SUVs, he said. An expanded version of this article appears on Popular Stories: