Stellantis now says it will resume production of minivans at its factory in Windsor, Ont., on Sept. 27, just days after saying it would idle production there.
Instead, the automaker will halt sedan and muscle car output in Brampton, Ont., the week of Sept. 27 due to the ongoing global microchip shortage.
“Brampton Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” the automaker said in a statement. “Windsor production at the Windsor Assembly Plant will resume the week of Sept. 27.”
About 3,000 people assemble the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger on two shifts in Brampton. The plant hasn’t been affected by the chip shortage as often as the Windsor minivan plant.
About 4,500 people, the majority of them Unifor members, build the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler Grand Caravan, which is sold in Canada, and Chrysler Voyager for the U.S. market.
Stellantis resumed regular minivan output at the factory on July 5, after being idle nearly every day since March 29. The factory resumed operation the week of May 31, but not at full capacity.
Even though the minivan plant resumed a two-shift operation on July 5, the automaker warned at the time that “scheduling is still released on a week-to-week basis. It was down the weeks of Sept. 6, 13 and 20. It was also idled the week of Aug. 30 due to the chip shortage. It was also down the weeks of Aug. 16 and 23 for the regularly scheduled summer shutdown.
AutoForecast Solutions estimates the global industry has lost 8.36 million vehicles from planned production so far. That is an increase of about 142,000 from AFS’ running tally one week earlier.