Ford and Chevy supply chain issues now affect cool cars

Ford and Chevrolet have reportedly halted production of their respective flagship performance cars, the Mustang and Camaro, for a week due to supply chain issues (via Jalopnik). While the pauses probably won’t make it harder to get a muscle car, they’re just the latest in a series of automotive delays caused by shortages of chips and other supplies.

According to WXYZ DetroitFord explicitly cites chip shortages as the reason it doesn’t produce cars at its Flat Rock assembly plant where Mustangs are made. This isn’t the first time the company has struggled with supply issues – it has had to cut production of the F-150 and other vehicles several times, and earlier this year it began selling Explorers that lacked minor features, apparently for lack of tokens.

General Motors, Chevy’s parent company, had similar problems, although fox business says the company hasn’t explained exactly why it’s halting production at its Lansing Grand River plant responsible for manufacturing the Camaro and Cadillac CT4/CT5. Last year, the company had to shut down six of its US-based factories and dropped features like wireless charging and fuel-saving active fuel management systems from some of its vehicles. He even blamed the shortages for the sales slump that gave Toyota the crown of “America’s top vehicle seller” that GM had held for nearly a century.

Ford and GM would obviously prefer not to have to close their factories and have taken steps to improve the situation – late last year they both announced partnerships with chipmakers. But designing your own chips or changing manufacturing are projects that could take years, and any tech company is scrambling to get semiconductors right now.

Other automakers have also been hit by supply chain strains from a pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In the past two months, BMW has halted production at some of its German factories, Tesla has had its Shanghai plant closed by COVID restrictions and Nissan has delayed a wider launch of its Ariya EV in Japan due to shortages. of chips. Volvo and Toyota also had to make production cuts.

Of course, as automakers struggle with production, it’s also become harder for consumers to buy cars. New cars, when available, have become more expensive, and some used cars are even being sold for more than they cost new.

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