Chevy Cruze output resumes after GM resolves parts shortage
GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio -- which builds the Cruze -- was impacted by a supplier issue last week, forcing production to be suspended for nearly a week.
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DETROIT -- General Motors resumed production of the Chevrolet Cruze at a plant in Ohio after a parts shortage idled output for nearly a week.
GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio -- which builds the Cruze -- was impacted by a supplier issue last week, forcing production to be suspended starting Monday, Dec. 12.
Production resumed late Sunday with the plant's third shift, GM said.
The parts shortage also disrupted output of the Buick Verano at a GM plant in Orion Township, Mich.
GM spokeswoman Kim Carpenter said todaythe Michigan plant continues to assemble the Verano but said it would take some time to "fill the pipeline" there.
"(The production) varies by the day," she said. "It's close to normal, but we're still monitoring it."
The Orion plant assembles both the Chevrolet Sonic and Verano.
GM said last week a supplier issue had "impacted (its) model mix," adjusting the rate at which it built the Verano.
It is unclear how long the production of the Verano was impacted.
The Buick Verano and Chevrolet Cruze are built using the same GM platform and share many parts.
Though GM still has not identified the components involved with the supplier issue, sources familiar with the problem cited a shortage of struts used in the suspensions of both vehicles.
The shutdown of the Lordstown plant followed a one-week closurethe week of Nov. 28, which GM ordered after its Cruze supply shot up from a 33-day supply on Sept. 1 to 73 days on Nov 1.