A phone message for approximately 1500 workers employed at General Motors’ Orion Township assembly plant told them to stay home Tuesday and Wednesday due to a parts shortage. The plant that builds the all-new Chevrolet Sonic sedan and hatchback (and, ultimately, the 2012 Buick Verano) is expected to go back online Thursday.
The phone message didn’t specify what parts were on short-supply, but GM sources many of the Sonic’s parts from Korea, including the base 1.8-liter I-4 engine. The Sonic was launched in late August to replace the outgoing Aveo subcompact. Only 3888 Sonics were sold during October compared to 6038 Aveos sold in the same month of 2010. That said, numbers don’t tell the whole story: Sonic production is still ramping up to full volume, and Aveo sales at that time were driven in part by incentives designed to move languishing inventory from showroom floors.
GM officials were unable to respond to requests for comment on the matter in time for publication.
Source: Automotive News