General Motors is looking to return to full production capacity in 2023
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by Brad Anderson
General Motors will purchase hundreds of heavy-duty car transporter trucks as it looks to boost production throughout 2023.
The car manufacturer, like so many others, had to cut production in 2021 due to supply chain constraints. This year, the company expects to return to nearly full production capacity and will make improvements to its logistics network.
Speaking with Auto News, the chairman of the Chevrolet National Dealer Council, Keith McClusky, revealed that the car manufacturer is purchasing 400 heavy-duty trucks to deliver newly built vehicles to dealerships. This will help to reduce its reliance on third-party logistics providers.
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“GM stepped up and bought those assets. And GM people on GM-owned vehicles are delivering our product to us,” McClusky said. “It’s just part of GM being aggressive and figuring out: We’re not going to sit back and just be a victim of the transportation industry. We’re going to take charge of it.”
Shortages became so critical last year that GM built approximately 500,000 vehicles with missing parts. This figure had been cut to around 1,000 units through the end of January, McClusky revealed.
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“Bottom line is, the bad weather, the storm is behind us,” he said. “It’s a very bright future.”
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Vice president of global Chevrolet, Scott Bell, added that improving the brand’s logistics network is a key priority and noted that dealers “want more of what we have.”
“Our focus is on production and capacity and some of the shipping challenges we’ve had,” Bell said. “So we need to work hard to straighten those up and get them more of what we have, and especially with these new products coming, that’s what they’re looking for.”