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UAW strike: The car production that will be most affected

The UAW strikes affect nearly 15% of the entire staff of the automotive industry and some big companies will be struggling to build anything.

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The United Auto Workers (UAW) union strike is set to halt production of some of the most popular cars sold in the US. While no new vehicles will be produced, the companies affected, Ford, GM, and Stellantis, turned up production in the run up to the strike.

According to data from Cox Automotive’s analysis of vAuto Available Inventory data, the total inventory of available vehicles stands at 2.06 million units, the equivalent of 58 days of supply. This number is up 46% from a year ago.

So if you are looking to get one of the affected cars from the following lists, it is likely that they will go up in price as supply dwindles. The last UAW strike lasted six weeks before GM gave in and accepted the workers’ demands. This would line up with the inventory these companies have, making it likely that there will be a similar timeframe.

The car production that will be most affected

At present, only three factories are affected by walkouts. These are the Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan; the GM assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri; and the Stellantis assembly complex in Toledo, Ohio.

In total 15,000 workers are on strike from these three plants. The union has said that strike action will spread to other plants until their demands are met.

GM Wentzville Assembly

  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Chevrolet Express
  • GMC Canyon
  • GMC Savana

“We just launched the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon — these are midsize trucks that are in very, very strong demand,” GM CEO Mary Barra told CBS News on Friday.

Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan

  • The Ford Ranger
  • The Ford Bronco

The Ford Ranger has sold more than 50,000 units every year since 2019.

Stellantis plant in Toledo, Ohio

  • Jeep Gladiator
  • Jeep Wrangler
  • Jeep Wrangler 4xe