U.S. Workers’ Strike Temporarily Halts Chevy Blazer Production In Mexico

General Motor’s decision to build the all-new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico raised many eyebrows in the United States, especially after the automaker announced drastic job cuts and plant closures in its home market.

U.S. President Donald Trump himself got infuriated by GM’s move and pressured the automaker to build the Blazer in Ohio. In the end, the company had the last word and started production of the Blazer at Mexico’s Ramos Arizpe plant in December 2018.

Fast forward to today, and The General continues to have a rocky relationship with its staff in the U.S. where 46,000 of its hourly employees have been on strike for more than a month now.

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This has created many production and logistics problems, and the effects are not restricted to the States. The company announced on October 18 that it temporarily halted production of the Chevrolet Blazer midsize crossover in Mexico because of a parts shortage caused by the strike across the border.

“The GM Ramos Arizpe Assembly Plant will dedicate the time of its staff to the production of Chevrolet Equinox, because it will stop production of Chevrolet Blazer for lack of a component,” GM Mexico said in a statement.

In addition to the Blazer and Equinox crossovers, the plant also builds engines and transmissions. The company said the CSS engine plant continues to work normally, while the Gen V engine and CVT transmission plants continue their activities in “partial technical shutdown.”

While the UAW reached a tentative agreement with GM on a new four-year contract, the workers will remain on strike until union members finish voting on the proposal by October 25. This probably means the production of the Blazer will take place days, if not weeks, to get restarted after the strike ends.

According to data from Autonews Mexico, sales of the Blazer in the first half of 2019 totaled 14,795 units in the U.S., 715 in Canada, and 549 in Mexico.

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  • charlotteharry57

    Sales are not very good. Surprised? Is it the looks? Or the poor value? Or both? If it’s mainly the looks, Chevy is in trouble, since the decision was made to mimic its looks across the CUV lineup.

    • Mike anonymous

      Chevrolet In The Late 2000s’ Has a plan to move their vehicles to a Camaro-esq Design language (As Shown On The Chevy-Volt-Concept From 2007/2008). This was a design ideal that never truly made its’ way into their production products.

      There seems to be a trend of ‘large grilles’ simply for stylistic reasoning. There is a way with design to forgo the giant opening and create something far more elegant. Now I am not a rendering artist but I did my best within a relatively short time period to show was a more “2000s’-GM-Camaro-esq Design language” would look like on the current Blazer.

      If the poor sales are due to design, which generally that will always be the case (as people will buy something they desire to own if it is within their reach), Then a solution as such could certainly fix this problem to a degree without needing to completely re-engineer the vehicle from the ground up once more.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a0a354619ce4c51ae291cf7bc2b94ad3c02790eba2c0f7a5f2a936e6918358e.png

      Although I Believe that this would at least be the next best thing, Personally though, I would rather re-introduce the Blazer completely as an Ford-Bronco Land-Rover Defender Competitor. What Chevrolet needs is a Halo vehicle Beyond the Corvette, And if anything else a (new) design language or direction that all future vehicles from the company can/may share.

    • :/ Yurr

      The Blazer has actually been picking up sales throughout the year. It’s a solid SUV.

  • boo boo the fool

    they should just discontinue it. it’s hard to imagine an suv going against the Sorento or edge flopping in sales but it did just that.

    • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

      Or the pilot

  • A ?? THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

    Poor chevy ???

  • William rowe

    well it’s not american made so good, stop production . it’s a shame the UAW didn’t hold out and demand that puduction of the blazer be moved to ohio lordstown plant. I think they could have burn GM good by holding out longer.

  • Big Black Duck

    So chevy is copying Lexus now?

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