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by Tim Beissmann

Facing dramatic shortages on some of its vehicles, General Motors is boosting production of its full-sized SUVs from this Friday.

The Arlington plant in Texas makes the GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and the Cadillac Escalade in both standard and hybrid forms. It had less than a 34-day supply of each SUV at the beginning of January – around three weeks below the industry average and almost one month underneath the recommended 60-day supply.

The plant – which has been running two 10-hour shifts Monday to Thursday – will add two overtime shifts on Friday every week until at least April. The factory will also operate on two Saturday in both March and April.

Supply of the Escalade was as low as 15 days as demand for the extra-long SUV increased at the beginning of the year.

Two other GM factories – Kansas City, responsible for the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse, and Ingersoll, Ontario, which makes the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain – have also moved into a third shift and some Saturday production to meet demand of sedans and small crossovers.

The announcement follows a similar one by Ford less than two weeks ago when it revealed that low supply levels meant it would boost production of its Expedition, Explorer and Lincoln Navigator full-sized SUVs.

(with Automotive News)




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