Chip shortage causing some features to be delayed by automakers
Consumers should be aware when shopping that some new cars may not have the features they are currently looking for. Don’t rely on the seller to tell you what features are included, check for yourself. Because this problem is likely to persist, CR recommends that you make a list of features you want and what you need. If you can’t find a new car with the features you need, it may be best to wait until they become available again on the model you want to purchase.
Analysts say the tight supply of microchips isn’t going away anytime soon and the situation could last a year or more. Auto manufacturing has felt the pressure more strongly than most other industries, which you might have noticed if you’ve been researching cars in the past few months. Inventories are low as manufacturers struggle to meet demand.
“We are now seeing companies like Toyota that had already stocked a bunch of chips start to run out and cut production until the end of the year,” said Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst for Guidehouse Insights, a company that follows the automotive industry. . “The total volume of lost production could amount to more than 7.7 million vehicles.”
To put that into perspective, in 2019 – the last full year before the pandemic of ground car buying and production, automakers sold more than 17 million vehicles in the United States. In 2020, sales fell sharply but still reached nearly 15 million. Vehicles.
Here’s what manufacturers are saying about the impacts of the chip shortage on their operations.
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda and Acura)
“It has no impact on the vehicles we deliver to our customers, as Honda Sensing is standard on almost everything. So, we do not make a choice to cut these features due to the chip shortage. “
“Based on the new vehicles we are offering, they indeed offer all of our standard and optional equipment – no change in the offering. “
BMW North America
“Due to the global semiconductor shortage affecting the entire automotive industry, there may be limitations on the availability of certain optional equipment. “
Ford Motor Company (Ford and Lincoln)
General Motors (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC)
“Due to the semiconductor shortage throughout the industry, we have had to periodically make temporary adjustments to vehicle content on various models. When this happens, it is essential that we inform our reseller partners first so that they can keep our customers informed. The semiconductor situation remains fluid and these adjustments fluctuate frequently as the supply of semiconductors increases. We are confident in the ability of our team to find creative solutions to alleviate the supply chain situation and resume as soon as possible all the functionality planned for our customers. “
“Super Cruise is an important feature of the Cadillac Escalade program. Although it is temporarily unavailable at the start of regular production due to the semiconductor shortage across the industry, we are confident in our team’s ability to find creative solutions to alleviate the chain situation. supply and resume offering the functionality to our customers as soon as possible. . ”
Hyundai Motor Company
“The semiconductor shortage has no impact on the availability of features. This includes intelligent cruise control and AEB.
Jaguar Land Rover
“The shortage of chips has an impact on the total construction of vehicles, but does not result in vehicles being built without safety features.”
Kia Motors America
Kia says it is not aware of any issues providing normally available features, but has had to halt production several times this year due to the semiconductor shortage.
Mazda Motor Company
“Although the infection situation in Southeast Asia is improving, our local suppliers are experiencing delays in normalizing their operations after the lockdown, causing disruptions in the supply of parts, including those related to semi- conductors. We will therefore suspend night shifts for two weeks; the week of October 11 and the week of October 18. We will also shut down the operations of the Ujina Engine Plant and the Hofu Nakanoseki Area Transmission Plant. We will continue to strengthen our collaboration with suppliers to minimize the impact.
Mercedes-Benz United States
“Due to the effects of the current global supply shortage for certain semiconductor components, there are currently equipment restrictions in some model series, for example in the compact car segment. It also causes delivery delays.
“We are in dialogue with the customers concerned regarding individual mobility solutions. In some markets this includes, for example, the possibility for customers to choose the initially agreed delivery date of their vehicle with associated functional restrictions or suitable alternative mobility solutions. The functions will be modernized as soon as the corresponding components become available again.
Mitsubishi Motors North America
“Like everyone else, we balance component availability with customer demand. We saw a particular shortage of sensors used for rear cross-traffic alerts and blind spot monitoring, as well as in-dash displays and monitors, and we had to adjust the mix to compensate. That said, we have not removed or adjusted the availability of vehicles equipped with AEB. We continue to work hand in hand with our supplier partners on sourcing, and hope to be on the safe side of the shortage at this point.
Nissan North America
Nissan says the chip shortage does not affect the availability of advanced driver assistance functions on vehicles so equipped.
“Nissan is adjusting its production schedules within its manufacturing operations in North America in October due to the supply of semiconductor-related parts. We continue to work closely with our supplier partners to assess the impact of supply chain issues and minimize disruption to vehicle deliveries to our dealers and customers. “
Stellantis North America
“The satisfaction of our customers is our number one priority. The global automobile industry is facing an exceptional situation with the accumulation of the health crisis and a global shortage of semiconductors. Our teams are mobilized to manage our industrial activity in this unstable context and we must adapt accordingly. Despite our daily efforts to deliver our customers in the best possible condition, and in order to minimize the impact on vehicle availability, there may be adjustments in vehicle specifications.
“Our overall vehicle production has been affected by the chip shortage, but we have not reduced the availability of our advanced safety features, including the EyeSight driver assistance system, on any of our models.”
Tesla Motors has dissolved its press office and is no longer responding to media inquiries.
Toyota (Toyota and Lexus)
“Due to COVID-19 and the ongoing challenges in our supply chain, Toyota will continue to face shortages that will affect production at most of our North American factories. Our manufacturing and supply chain teams work diligently to minimize the impact on production. While the situation remains fluid, in North America we expect a reduction of approximately 60,000 to 80,000 vehicles in October. “
“A significant shortage of semiconductor capacity is causing various bottlenecks in many industries around the world (consumer electronics, computers, telecommunications, etc.). Due to the growing demand for consumer electronics (e.g. due to remote working arrangements) on the one hand and the high level of demand in automotive markets on the other hand, bottlenecks of supply persist in the automotive industry. The result is industry-wide adaptations in vehicle production, which also affect the brands of the Volkswagen Group.
“In recent months, the Volkswagen Group working group has worked intensely and successfully to minimize the effects of the global semiconductor bottleneck on the group’s products. That is why, despite the tense situation, production in the factories of the Volkswagen Group only had to be adjusted sometimes. “
“Like all automotive and electronics industries, Volvo Cars has been experiencing a semiconductor shortage since late 2020. The company is adjusting production, as well as the features and options of each vehicle, to suit itself. adapt to the shortage situation. There has been no impact on standard safety systems, Pilot Assist or Adaptive Cruise Control, although customers are advised to work closely with their retailers before purchasing to understand exactly how their vehicles are otherwise. equipped.