Malibu (Chevrolet)

 News
Oct 16, 2021

Production of the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu is set to resume on November 1 at the GM Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas.
No new units of the Malibu have been built since February 2021.
Looking ahead, production of the 2022 model year Malibu is expected to ramp up in December.
The 2022 Malibu will continue to offer two engine options, including the turbocharged 1.5-liter I4 LFV gasoline engine, rated at 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, and the turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 LTG gasoline engine, rated at 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Fairfax Assembly is also responsible for production of the Cadillac XT4 crossover, which has recently been running at full production capacity.
The plant, with a local workforce of 2,102, restarted first-shift work on the Cadillac XT4 on September 20.
Production of the 2022 model year Cadillac XT4 will begin November 8.
(multiple sources on October 13, 2021)
Keyword: plant operating status

Oct 01, 2021

On September 30, GM Korea Co., the South Korean unit of General Motors Co., said that it will suspend one of its three plants for two weeks early October due to a chip shortage.
GM Korea said it will suspend its No. 1 plant in Incheon, which produces the Trailblazer SUV, from Oct. 1-15.
The carmaker has been operating only half of the No. 1 Bupyeong plant in September due to a shortage of chip parts.
The operation of the No. 2 Bupyeong plant, which produces the Trax compact SUV and the Malibu midsize sedan, will be halved in October as it was in September.
GM Korea has also suspended its plant in Changwon, which produces the Spark minicar, since the middle of September, to construct production lines for its new crossover utility vehicle (CUV) starting at the end of next year.
The Changwon plant will also be halted next month for the production line construction.

(multiple sources on September 30, 2021)

Sep 18, 2021

On September 16, GM announced that is extending a production halt of Chevrolet Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs an additional three weeks at the Orion Assembly plant as it works through a resolution of battery problems with supplier LG Energy Solution.
The EV plant will now be down through October 17, with GM spokesman David Barnas noting, "We will continue to evaluate additional production schedule adjustments.”
Additionally:
   • Lansing Delta Township Assembly, which builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, will have one additional week of downtime after being closed since the week of July 19, with production now expected to resume on October 4.
   • Lansing Grand River Assembly will be down for Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac Black Wing production through the week of September 27, while Cadillac CT4 and CT5 production, down since May 10, will remain so through the week of September 27.
   • Fairfax Assembly will resume Cadillac XT4 production on September 20, while Chevrolet Malibu downtime is now extended through the week of October 25.
   • CAMI Assembly, which builds the Chevrolet Equinox will now be down through the week of October 11, being idle since the week of July 19.
   • San Luis Potosi Assembly in Mexico, which builds the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, will also be down through the week of October 11, being idle since the week of July 19.
   • Ramos Assembly in Mexico will now extend Chevrolet Blazer downtime through the week of September 27 after stopping August 23, and Chevrolet Equinox downtime through the week of October 11, after being down since August 16.

(Detroit News article on September 16, 2021)
Keyword: plant operating status