General Motors Co.
will halt production at several North American factories and extend shutdowns at some others because of a protracted shortage of semiconductor chips that is disrupting the auto industry’s hopes for a bounceback this year.
The auto maker said Thursday that three plants previously unaffected by the chip shortage will be idled or have output reduced for one or two weeks, including a factory in Tennessee and another in Michigan that make popular midsize sport-utility vehicles. Vehicles affected include the Chevrolet Traverse SUV, and the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 SUVs.
“GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products,” a company spokesman said. So far, GM has avoided taking downtime at the four factories where it makes the company’s largest pickup trucks and SUVs, he said.
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