General Motors has announced that it is suspending production on the Chevrolet Cruze for the time being, as the manufacturer is having difficulty getting enough parts from one of their suppliers to make the vehicle, according to The Detroit Free Press.
The Cruze is currently locked in a race with the Toyota Corolla for the title of "best-selling car of the year." GM's model started the year off hot, but has slowed down considerably as of late while Toyota picks up steam. Although the Cruze will likely easily outsell rivals like the Ford Focus and Honda Civic, the Corolla currently leads by 4,000 units. That means it's unlikely that the Cruze will be able to catch up by New Year's Eve, especially now that they've been forced to stop making new Cruzes until the parts issue is sorted out.
The issue underscores just how critical every part is to making an automobile work - even one missing or malfunctioning part, and the entire vehicle can be useless. That's why it's so important for drivers to keep up with their auto maintenance, which can help alert them to any potential issues and avoid costly car repairs.