Silverado (Chevrolet)

Mar 16, 2023

On March 14, General Motors confirmed that its light-duty truck plant in Silao, Mexico still remains idle since last week as the result of an unspecified parts shortage.
The plant, which builds the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra has been idled for one week already, but GM expects production in Silao to restart on March 21.
"GM is actively working with our suppliers to resolve this supply chain challenge in order to meet high customer demand for our vehicles," said GM spokesperson Dan Flores in a statement.
GM's other truck plants in Flint; Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Oshawa, Ontario, have continued truck production uninterrupted.
The Silao shutdown comes after GM said it would be proactively controlling inventory levels in 2023, and announced the Fort Wayne truck plant will be shut down for two weeks starting March 27 as part of this strategy.

(Detroit News article on March 14, 2023)
Keyword: plant operating status

Mar 02, 2023

Note: Some figures were updated on March 7.

U.S. new vehicle sales of 1,161,393 units for the month of February represented an increase of 9.0% from January 2023, and an increase of 9.1% from one year ago in February 2022 when supply chains restricted production.
There were 24 selling days in February 2023, same as the 24 selling days in February 2022.
February’s passenger car sales increased 6.9% to 239,370 units, resulting in a 20.6% market share, while SUV and truck sales increased 9.7% to 922,023 units, resulting in a 79.4% market share.
Light vehicle seasonally adjusted annualized sales (SAAR) for February 2023 was 15.19 million units versus 13.96 million units one year ago.
With its vehicle inventories improved since last year, General Motors monthly sales rose 14.7%, and Ford sales increased 22.0%, though Stellantis sales fell 12.3%.
Tesla sales increased 43.6% from last February to 60,325 units, giving it a U.S. market share of 5.2%.
EV startup Rivian sales were up 580.4% to 2,667 vehicles in February, Karma sales were down 90.5% to 2 units, Polestar sales were up 141.6% from the same month last year to 1,034 vehicles, and Lucid Motors sales were up 237.0% to 455 units.
Among Japanese companies, Toyota sales were down 1.8%, Nissan sales were up 17.4%,
Honda sales were down 1.4%, Subaru sales were up 2.1%, and Mazda sales were up 8.8%.
Hyundai sales were up 9.6%, and Kia sales were up 23.7%.
Among German companies, VW sales were up 7.0%, Mercedes-Benz sales were up 9.8% and BMW sales were up 2.3%.
Jaguar Land Rover sales were up 1.0% from last February, while Volvo Car sales increased 37.6%.
The best-selling models in February 2023 were:
   1. Ford F-Series (up 21.5% from February 2022)
   2. Chevrolet Silverado (down 0.3%)
   3. Tesla Model Y (up 46.2%)
   4. Ram pickups (down 24.6%)
   5. Toyota RAV4 (down 10.5%)
   6. Nissan Rogue (up 110.4%)
   7. Toyota Camry (up 55.1%)
   8. Tesla Model 3 (up 47.6%)
   9. GMC Sierra (up 16.6%)
  10. Ford Explorer (up 100.4%)

(from Autodata results posted March 1, 2023)

Feb 23, 2023

On February 21, General Motors informed its St. Catharines, Ontario workforce that, subject to completing support agreements with federal and Ontario government partners, the company plans to make investments at the plant to manufacture new Ultium electric drive units for GM’s fast growing electric vehicle lineup.
This investment plan would be expected to support around 500 jobs at the St. Catharines facility and enable the production of more than 400,000 EV drive units a year.
GM Canada is currently engaged with the Ontario and federal governments and expects to complete discussions later in 2023.
The drive units built at St. Catharines will be used in vehicles built on GM’s Ultium EV architecture, including the Chevrolet Equinox EV, Blazer EV, and Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV and Hummer SUV EV, all entering the North American market in 2023, as well as the currently available Cadillac Lyriq.
The St. Catherines facility currently builds:
  • 5.3L and 6.2L V8 Engines (full-size trucks and SUVs, Chevrolet Camaro)
  • 3.6L V6 Engines (midsize SUVs, Cadillac CT4-V)
  • Six-speed transmission (Chevrolet Equinox)
  • 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (Chevrolet Corvette)

(GM press release on February 21, 2023)