General Motors is continuing to struggle their way through the global semiconductor chip shortage. The automaker was forced to shut down their Lansing Grand River Assembly plant on May 21, immediately after the plant had opened back up for the first time in 49 days on May 3. The plant, which is responsible for the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5 models remains closed as of now, as the supply chain continues to make production untenable. That said, GM has just announced their plans to get the Chevrolet Camaro back into production by the end of June. More specifically, the automaker is aiming to restart production on June 21, reports local NBC affiliate WILX.
Chevrolet Camaro Gets Back On Track
This announcement is a welcome one, as the Chevrolet Camaro has been out of production for more days than it has been in production for the past four months. Unfortunately for Cadillac fans, the CT4 and CT5 won’t be sharing the same resumption of production on June 21. General Motors has confirmed that the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant won’t begin production of those sedans until after the week on June 28 at least. That said, the automaker will try and build limited quantities of the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models early this month for the 2022 model year. Those sporty sedans have the opportunity to be much more profitable for GM than their counterparts, as their configurator recently clarified.
The semiconductor chip shortage has been a massive blow to the automotive industry. Despite their efforts to get help from the federal government in the matter, industry leaders have been left to try and work their way through. Not only has this slashed expected profits for companies, but customers have been forced to foot the bill at dealerships. New and used car prices are exploding, as demand outshines supply due to the shortage. The Chevrolet Camaro just isn’t a profitable enough vehicle for GM to allocate semiconductor chips towards as a result. That’s a shame, but here’s to hoping that Lansing Grand River Assembly is done with these extended shutdowns.