High Demand for Canyon, Colorado Pinches Van Production
GM’s Wentzville Plant Considering 24-Hour Operation to Fill Demand
Popularity is usually a good thing. However, when it comes to auto manufacturing, it can cause a bit of an issue when multiple high-demand models are coming out of the same plant. Such is the case with General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri, assembly plant, which builds the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana fullsize vans, as well as the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups. Demand for both vehicle lines is high, and lately, the manufacturing allocation has been favoring production of the popular new pickups, Automotive News reports.
Despite their dated design, there is still strong demand for Express and Savana from buyers that don’t care for the new Ford Transit’s tall Euro-style packaging. The issue has become so critical that some dealers are reporting that customers are canceling their orders because they’re having to wait so long to take delivery. To help relieve the backlog, GM is considering going to an 24-hour, three-shift work schedule, as well as adding up to 750 more line workers. Even with the increased workforce and output, it’s expected to take several months before van production is back to normal.
Source: Automotive News