General Motors will be keeping most plants open during their traditional summer shutdowns as a way to make up for the loss of production during the two-month COVID-19 pandemic. The report comes from ReliablePlant which said that nine of 11 GM assembly plants will continue operating during the traditional shutdown period from June 28th to July 9th, a decision that will generate up to 56,000 additional vehicles.
“This move will help buyers waiting for high-demand products such as the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “Our manufacturing teams are taking creative approaches to increase production and reduce the wait times for our dealers and customers.”
As for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant where the 2020 Corvettes are made, we learned that the plant will be closed from June 29th through July 3rd. As July 3rd is a federal holiday as part of the 4th of July weekend, the plant will essentially be missing only four days of production.
Since the plant reopened last week, the general assembly line has been slowed as discussed by plant manager Kai Spande as they resume work with safety and quality being paramount. And while production is slow now, we’ll begin to see a ramp-up in quantities once the strength of the supply line is re-established.
The Corvette Team stated in their seminar last Friday at the Virtual NCM Bash that they had 20,181 orders for the 2020 model year with approximately 2,700 of those already built prior to the shutdown. While many are doubting that such a quantity can be built, we remind you to check out this post from Jeremy Welborn who crunches the math while allowing for downtimes to show how the Corvette Plant can produce that amount of 2020 Corvettes.
Like everything else in 2020, any production dates and quantities are subject to change based on current or future conditions.
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