DETROIT — General Motors and Ford Motor Co. say they expect to clear backlogs of unfinished vehicles before the end of the year, a positive sign for their balance sheets going into 2023 after battling prolonged supply snags.
GM said it shipped out three-quarters of its 95,000 vehicles awaiting microchips and other scarce parts in the third quarter. Ford was further behind on that front, with the number of vehicles in limbo more than doubling during the quarter to 40,000.
The financial results both companies reported last week show the importance of being able to get those vehicles to dealerships and into customers' hands. GM's net income rose 37 percent from a year earlier to $3.3 billion, and its revenue surged to a third- quarter record, partly as a result of those shipments.