Update:GM said late Wednesday that the Lordstown, Ohio plant that builds the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan would be back online late Thursday for Friday’s third shift, but a new report from the Detroit Free Press says that the line did not start as planned. GM hasn’t indicated when production will resume.
Good news for GM’s Lordstown, Ohio plant: production of the Chevrolet Cruze is set to resume before week’s end. Automotive News reported that the same supplier issue had started to affect production of the Buick Verano at the Orion, Michigan plant. The two vehicles are built on the same platform.
According to a recorded message left for Orion plant workers yesterday, the supplier issue had affected first and second shift production of the Verano requiring an adjustment to the build rate of the entry-level luxury sedan. The Lordstown plant, which builds the Cruze, was idled Monday and is set to resume late Thursday.
Sources close to the matter told Automotive News that a shortage of struts for the vehicles’ suspension was a probable culprit, but GM released no official details. Late Wednesday, GM told Automotive News that the parts shortage had been resolved and production was scheduled to resume Thursday night for Friday’s third shift.