The Lordstown, Ohio, facility that builds the Chevrolet Cruze shortened first and second shifts Monday afternoon, and halted the third shift entirely, Automotive News reports. The brief interlude in product was reportedly due to a supplier issue.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday evening, GM tells us production remains stopped and “they are taking it hour by hour and shift by shift until the issue with the supplier is resolved.”
GM spokesman Chris Lee didn’t reveal details about the particular issue at hand, but did say production would be back up as soon as possible. Tom Mock, the Lordstown plant spokesman, echoed the sentiment to Automotive News, saying that skilled trade workers are scheduled for their regular work hours.
Demand has never been higher for a compact front-wheel-drive GM car. The Cruze is the second best-selling small car in the U.S. year-to-date (surpassing the all-new Honda Civic and all-new Ford Focus) trailing the sales of the Toyota Corolla/Matrix, which the Japanese automaker counts as one nameplate. The Cruze also holds down the number 10 spot for best-selling vehicle overall. GM CEO Dan Akerson hopes the Cruze will take the top spot as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. by the end of the year.
A slump in production suggests a setback for Akerson’s hopes, but the plant was idled for a week to adjust dealer inventories of the Cruze.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)