As the global microchip shortage worsened and took hold over the long term, the chip crisis, GM, like other manufacturers in the industry, was forced to build incomplete models due to missing parts. .
This obviously created a large backlog of deliveries, as dealership lots filled with new but incomplete vehicles.
We may be seeing signs that we have passed the peak of the flea shortage. GM has announced that it is making progress in reducing its order backlog and that it has now shipped more than half of the models awaiting components.
Last Friday, Steve Carlisle, GM’s main boss for North America, said this at the Reuters Events Automotive Summit:
“We have made great progress. We’re a little better than halfway at the moment and our goal would be to erase our 21 model years by the end of the year. We’ll have a bit of a ’22 model year tail in the New Year, but not for too long. “
– Steve Carlisle, CEO of General Motors North America
GM Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson last month warned that GM’s third-quarter deliveries could be cut by 200,000 units due to the crisis, although he did not say how much it was. were vans.
To speed up the transport of newly built vehicles to dealerships, Steve Carlisle said GM has purchased a number of transport trucks to deliver the vehicles to factories or distribution centers. The American giant has also allowed dealers in certain places to pick up the models they were waiting for themselves.
Carlisle added that inventories of new vehicles have fallen to less than 20 days in the United States due to supply chain disruptions, but the company wants to increase them again to 30 or 45 days, or even 60 days depending. the type of model.