A surge in Covid-19 cases, especially in Southeast Asia where many chips are manufactured, is causing General Motors to hit pause on most of its North American plants.

Auto manufacturers have struggled with production during the pandemic, leaving dealer lots empty across the nation. As the Delta variant of Covid-19 sweeps across the globe, an end to the chip shortage does not appear to be in sight.

GM has decided to stop production at most of its plants and prioritize the chips that they do have for their most popular and profitable vehicles. A small number of plants, where Trucks, SUVs, the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro are built, will remain in production during the pause. With the chip shortage and delays in production, consumers are facing higher prices for new vehicles as well as higher prices and demand for used vehicles.

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