DETROIT -- General Motors plans to shift some production of its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain from the factories that now assemble the popular crossovers to another plant to alleviate tight supplies, CEO Dan Akerson told Automotive News.
Akerson said GM is considering its former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., to take on added production of the crossovers, which are now made at the automaker's plants in Ingersoll and Oshawa, Ontario.
Akerson also said GM is considering options for extra production of its hot-selling Cruze compact. The car is made at GM's Lordstown, Ohio, plant, which has been running three shifts and Saturday overtime shifts.
Akerson did not say which plant could get the added Cruze production. GM officials previously have said that its Lake Orion assembly plant in suburban Detroit would be the overflow plant for the Cruze.
The two Canadian-built crossovers have been in short supply since hitting the market two years ago. GM has boosted production five times to squeeze more of the crossovers out of the CAMI Automotive Inc. plant in Ingersoll, which makes most of the vehicles.
In September 2010, it took the unusual step of transporting Equinox bodies built at CAMI about 125 miles to Oshawa for final assembly.
Akerson said that arrangement has been an effective stopgap, but it's not a permanent solution.