DETROIT -- General Motors will boost production of pickups and SUVs in time for the traditionally brisk fall truck market, a top GM executive said today.
GM North America President Alan Batey said the automaker has been scrambling to make enough Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras, and acknowledged that the tight supplies have probably cost GM some sales.
“We wish we had a little bit more inventory right now,” Batey told reporters during a roundtable interview. “We’ve got a slightly better production plan in the second half than the first half.”
The second half of the year is the most important for truck sales, Batey said, typically accounting for 60 percent of the year’s sales.
Many dealers say they could be doing better if the factory got them more pickups. As of July 1, there was an 83-day supply of Silverados on dealer lots or en route to stores, the same level as a year earlier. Ford dealers had a 105-day supply of F series pickups.