The GM assembly plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., that produces 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra half-ton regular- and double-cab pickup trucks has cut its daily production rates to accommodate a supplier issue.
According to Automotive News, not enough axle shafts are being produced at the American Axle & Manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico. The Fort Wayne plant, according to reports, is down as many as 200 pickups per day because there aren’t enough axle shafts for the new pickups.
The production situation is complicated by the fact that GM has several new full-size SUVs, built off the same new platforms as the pickup trucks, that need the same axles; they are just now coming online. Additionally, early ordering of the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 in the regular- and double-cab pickups has been higher than expected, forcing GM to make difficult decisions regarding where the existing axles should be directed.
The last of the three plants that will produce the 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s (in Flint, Mich.) is scheduled to start production in the next month.