The global chip supply shortage this year is very serious, and the more obvious one is automotive chips. The shortage of supply at the beginning of this year caused major auto brands to cut production and even close some production lines. Some major automobile manufacturing countries have also used national resources and even sought to increase the output of automobile chips through diplomatic means to ensure the normal operation of automobile manufacturing production lines.
Although the supply has eased in the next few months, in order to ensure the car production cycle, GM has canceled the HD broadcasting, automatic start-stop, and fuel management modules in some models. Later, GM gave up providing wireless charging pads in some new SUV models. By reducing less important functions, in order to reduce the possible impact of chip supply, but this method does not seem to be very effective.
“During the downtime, we will repair and ship unfinished vehicles from many impacted plants, including Fort Wayne and Silao, to dealers to help meet the strong customer demand for our products,” a spokesperson said in an email. “Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confident in our team’s ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles.”
This is the second time that General Motors has stopped production this year. It can be seen that the chip supply situation in the second half of the year is still severe. General Motors stated that the suspension is based on the current situation and cannot predict the next phase of the plan, nor can it judge whether the scope of the impact will continue to expand, but it will continue to find solutions to minimize the impact.