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GM to significantly cut North American vehicle production due to chip shortage

  • General Motors said Thursday it's adding or extending downtimes at eight plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • Impacted vehicles include GM's full-size and midsize pickup trucks, Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Terrain, among others.

Trucks come off the assembly line at GM's Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, July 25, 2018. John Gress | Reuters

DETROIT – General Motors is once again significantly cutting production at its North American plants due to the semiconductor chip shortage, signaling the global parts problem remains a serious issue for the automotive industry.

The automaker said Thursday it's adding or extending downtimes at eight plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Most of the new cuts are for two weeks, while production of its Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 full-size pickups in Indiana and Mexico is expected to resume after a week of downtime starting Sept. 13.

Other vehicles impacted by the new production cuts range from its Chevrolet and GMC midsize pickups and vans in Missouri to the Chevrolet Trailblazer in Mexico and crossover production across North America.

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