• Mar 18, 2011
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General Motors
has announced that the automaker is stopping production at its Shreveport, Louisiana assembly plant next week due to a parts shortage caused by the ongoing tragedy in Japan. The facility is responsible for building both the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado pickup trucks, though GM says that it currently has enough vehicles manufactured to meet consumer demand for the time being. In an issued statement, GM doesn't make mention of exactly which parts are being delayed due to the earthquake and tsunami events, but as Kicking Tires points out, however, both trucks are available with a five-speed manual transmission built by the Japanese manufacturer Aisin.

As of right now, there's no indication as to when the Shreveport facility will resume operations. No other U.S. manufacturing plants have been shuttered as a result of supply problems from Japan so far, though some have scaled back production slightly. Hit the jump for the full press release from GM.



[Sources: General Motors, Kicking Tires]
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GM update on the impact of the earthquake in Japan

2011-03-17

DETROIT -- GM has suspended production at Shreveport Assembly in Louisiana for the week of March 21 due to a parts shortage resulting from the crisis in Japan. We will resume production at Shreveport as soon as possible, and at this point, we have sufficient vehicles to meet customer demand. Employees should use specified plant communication hotlines for updates about future production schedules.

At all other plants in North America, we continue to run normal operations.
Like all global automakers, we will continue to follow the events in Japan closely to determine the business impact, working across the organization to maximize flexibility, supply the most critical operations, and effectively manage cost.

Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan and their families as they work to recover from this disaster.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Aisin also makes the Camaro and CTS manual. I used to work for them, they are based out of Nagoya, way to the south.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll bet GM is thrilled to have an excuse to quit making these for a while. There has to be like a 10 year supply sitting in lots, right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      you hear that sound? it's the sound of dealers cheering that they won't be getting a fresh supply of these anytime soon...
      • 3 Years Ago
      American cars like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Kia are not effected by shortages of Japanese parts, just imports like Chevy and Ford. Maybe all those union work rules are weighing GM down.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Conversely, I'm sure Honda, Nissan, Kia, nor Toyota use a SINGLE part made in the USA. Never.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nice try at being "cute," but I'll bet there are few cars in the world that don't have some parts that came from Japan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lol this made me giggle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The union/Obamoids calling for a quarantine on Japanese products need to pay special attention to this story
      • 3 Years Ago
      The part is a component - some switchgear or something. Basically, they are looking to shutter a plant in favor of vehicles with more volume - if those parts are being shared. GM also plans to suspend production in Spain and one in Germany for Opels...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor, poor Hertz/Enterprise/etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      uh-oh, a pie in the face of GM union hacks on AB?
      • 3 Years Ago
      No big deal, its not like there is a big demand for these in the first place. Were this the new Cruze there might be cause for concern. But the Colorado/Canyon? Pfft. Im sure there is pllllllllenty of stock on dealership lots to be more than adequate.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure there's ample supply on dealers' lots.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Couldn't they design the truck to use a North American-made 5-speed transmission?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The cost of development or sourcing (who would provide from the US?) for a shrinking market segment are probably too great.
        • 3 Years Ago
        to Visconti24. I agree the world has changed and we source form many nations for comparative advantages and GM sources from within its own empire of plants worldwide.

        However, I doubt that we see the same level of global part inputs in Made in Japan cars so why doesn't GM make use of more domestic content and they don't have to be made in UAW plants but could be sourced in non-union States. We used to manufacture almost everything but for many parts we are relying on foreign plants because they themselves have high tariffs which means that the plants are built over there and to make better utilization rates the parts are then imported back here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Aisin is a company controlled directly by Toyota which owns 25% of its shares and indirectly another 52%. Half of their output used in "American" vehicles is produced in the United States. Aisin also controls joint ventures with Getrag and Borg-Warner and provides the core, gears, cases and other components used in GM TurboHydramatic transmissions, through the Ainsin factory in Indiana. The Canyon/Colorado truck uses many parts made in Japan, Thailand and Brazil, where the truck was designed.
        Front and rear suspensions, stampings, come from the Mafersa plant in Sao Jose dos Campos in Sao Paulo. Motors come from the foundries of Sao Bernardo and cabins and doors from the old Brasinca factory in Brazil which also manufactures cabins for Dodge trucks. Magna Steyr in Canada provides beds, hoods and fenders. Some Canyon/Colorados use Denso electric systems made in Japan. Radiators could be Korean or American. My brother's Colorado in Brazil has a Japanese (Hino-Isuzu) diesel motor, Argentinian heavy duty radiator and German transmission.
        So, the world has changed and the sooner we recognize it and get used to it, the better we'll all be.
        • 3 Years Ago
        agreed, I'm sure New Venture has something that would have worked just fine, if not better.

        The last two Aisin transmissions I had in my Jeep Wrangler were junk. The AX5 lost its 5th gear snap ring and the AX15 toasted an input shaft bearing (within 16k miles) and forced me to have to replace the pilot bearing every 5k miles.

        I much welcomed the German NSG370 in the new JK Wrangler and the American NV3550 in the old TJs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Aisin 6 speed in my CTS was pretty good. Though the reverse always seemed to confuse people being up and to the left.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad state of the country.
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