How GM ships finished pickup trucks that were parked due to lack of chips
DETROIT – General Motors is more than halfway away from shipping the newly assembled pickup trucks it had parked due to a shortage of semiconductor chips, a senior GM official said on Friday.
“We have made great strides,” said Steve Carlisle, GM North America general manager at the Reuters Events Automotive Summit. “We’re a little better than halfway at the moment and our goal would be to clear our ’21 model years by the end of the year. We will have a bit of a ’22 model year lineup in the pipeline. new year but not for too long. “
A GM spokesperson said the trucks were supplemented with chips installed.
“These are units that we built without certain modules and kept until the semiconductors were available,” spokesman Dave Barnas said in an email to Automotive News. “We then took them through the assembly plant for completion and shipped the finished vehicles to dealerships.”
He added, “We don’t send unfinished vehicles to dealerships and don’t ask them to install the chips.”
The global chip shortage forced automakers like GM to slow production or in some cases mainly build vehicles and then park them until the necessary chips can be installed, allowing those vehicles to then be shipped to dealerships .
GM Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson last month warned GM’s third-quarter wholesale deliveries could be down 200,000 vehicles due to chip shortages. He did not specify how much of it was trucks.