Chevrolet’s new Trailblazer is now available in the United States, but the model is taking a hit from the pandemic and ongoing lockdowns in the region.
According to a Reuters report, General Motors’s plant in South Korea is now looking to reduce production output while the U.S. market is suffering from low demand and supply chain issues. Moreover, the report cites an internal plan of running Trailblazer production for only seven days this month.
In a statement shared with online publication Roadshow, a spokesperson for Chevrolet said it has opened sales for the model in the U.S. and that the automaker is “working closely with our global manufacturing teams and key suppliers to address production and logistical challenges resulting from COVID-19.” But the representative declined to comment further on issues relating to the supply chain.
The 2021 Trailblazer shares the same platform with the Buick Encore GX but the small crossover won’t be facing production-related issues for the time being. It appears the automaker was able to build enough inventory of the Encore before the coronavirus outbreak started to affect supply chains in America.
Production at GM facilities is still on pause but it’s expected to resume in the coming weeks. All scheduled 2020 model launches, however, are delayed until 2021.
GM is also set to continue the production of several models without planned upgrades such as the Silverado, Camaro, Corvette, and Bolt EV. Next year, the new Traverse and Equinox are being prepared to launch.
The GMC marque, meanwhile, is also looking at a delayed reveal for the Hummer EV despite production still being on schedule.