To date, Ford takes 346,616 vehicles out of production while General Motors has reduced its production total by 277,966
Chip supplies have reduced production for some of their most popular models. Hundreds of thousands of automobiles being taken out of production across North America in response to the short supply semiconductors across the globe for much of this year. These chips power onboard computer and infotainment systems as well as important safety features such as anti-lock brakes and stability control.
Adding to the pain, lower demand for cars during earlier stages of the pandemic also led many automakers to cancel orders for microchips, a decision they are now regretting.
A report by AutoForecast Solutions covered by Car and Driver has shed light on just how badly North American automakers have been impacted by the microchip shortage. It has caused Ford to take 346,616 vehicles out of production while General Motors has reduced its production total by 277,966. When it comes to the models most impacted by the shortage, the Ford F-Series pickup comes first on the list with 109,710 units fewer planned for production. 98,584 fewer Jeep Cherokees are planned while 81,833 fewer Chevrolet Equinoxes are in the pipeline. Unfortunately, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for hard-pressed carmakers with Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger remarking earlier this week that the problem could take a couple of years to resolve.