The General Motors plants in Mexico will extend their stoppage of activities from the October 15 to November 1, which have gone through intermittent breaks of work since last February, due to the shortage of chipsets that affects all industries since the beginning of the year.
However, the latest strike, announced last August, is the one that has spread the most, since it already includes this new expansion announced this week, according to the blog GM Authority.
The Mexican plants affected are the de Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosí; and that of Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, where the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain.
This is the second time in less than a month that the return to production has been postponed, since at the beginning it was announced that the return would be the 4th of October, and then change the date to 15. However, the publication states that it will not be until November 1st when the plants return to their activities.
According to the blog, when these plants restart activities, they will begin the production of the model year 2022 Equinox and Terrain, which will continue to offer the same powertrain as in 2021 (a 1.5L turbocharged I4 LYX gasoline engine) delivering power of 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque.
Chip shortages have wreaked havoc on GM’s production throughout 2021, thus, according to GM Authority, the automaker has already lost more than 800,000 units for that reason.
Just last week we told you about other automotive manufacturers that also stopped their production in Mexico: Ford did it for two days, VW from October 6 to 15 and Nissan for 11 days.
GM’s response from Mexico
General Motors responded to a request made by Xataka Mexico to clarify this information. In response, GM of Mexico confirmed that there are adjustments in production of its Assembly plants in North America due to the global shortage of semiconductors.
The Assembly Plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, will resume production on different dates, depending on the models manufactured there. The line of the Chevrolet Blazer will reopen from October 19. However, that of the Chevrolet Equinox will probably do it until week of 22 of the same month.
And, the plant that will remain closed until November 1st is that of San Luis Potosí where the Chevrolet aveo and the Chevrolet Trax. Meanwhile, the automaker says it continues to assess the situation:
“The situation continues to be complex and uncertain, so the General Motors team evaluates the supply of semiconductors, seeking to minimize the condition to be able to meet the demand of its customers.”