Difficulties in obtaining semiconductors for cars have forced the automotive industry to more or less creative solutions, writes Automotive News. Common to the various manufacturers is that they have been forced to remove chips from the functions that are not directly necessary for the car, in order to save on semiconductors that can be used in other more crucial functions.
- General Motors now chooses to build its Chevrolet Silverado pick-up without a special module in the fuel system – the result is higher fuel consumption.
- Peugeot has removed the digital meter housing in some models of the 308 to save on semiconductors. Instead, standard, analog meters take up space instead.
- The Ram 1500 pickup is delivered without its smart rearview mirror as standard equipment that can, among other things, keep track of the blind spot. However, the rearview mirror remains as an option.
- Nissan abolishes navigation systems as standard equipment in some models in the United States.
- Renault is scrapping a larger navigation system and changing it to a less advanced one in its Arkana model.
Previously, Volkswagen also has announced that it has been hit hard by the component shortage. VW boss Herbert Diess said, among other things, that they had “lost 100,000 cars” and that they would not be able to catch up.