The shortage of microprocessors continues to hit automakers. While some let incomplete vehicles pile up on lots or in dealerships, GM instead decided to continue deliveries of certain models by withdrawing options, including heated and ventilated seats. The measurement affects dozens of models whose Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Full-size pickup trucks are the most popular and profitable models for the three American manufacturers. It is no wonder that the shortage affecting them is a significant loss in terms of income for these builders.
Rather than stopping sales, GM decided to eliminate Heated seats and broken down by several models, and the initiative could well continue throughout the production year 2022. While the measure may affect buyers who live in more temperate climates a little less, this is not the case. here in Quebec, the kingdom of heated seats and steering wheel.
According to Automotive News, buyers could take advantage of a credit varying between US $ 150 and US $ 500 as compensation; GM Canada also suggested that it would give a discount to its customers without specifying the amount.
Other affected models would include the Chevrolet Colorado, Blazer and Equinox as well as the GMC Canyon and Terrain. In the case of the Silverado and Sierra, the more opulent High Country and Denali versions would be spared.
The automaker, however, mentions that engineers are working on a solution that would add the option once parts availability is restored. The manufacturer promises to provide more information and remains confident that the engineers will be able to meet this new challenge.
Tesla also delivers vehicles without certain equipment
The semiconductor shortage continues to hurt manufacturers. One estimate suggests that the losses in terms of turnover would be of the order of 210 billion dollars. While manufacturers like Toyota made fewer vehicles during the period, others like GM preferred to eliminate certain options. This is the case with Tesla which, according to a report from Electrek, delivers certain vehicles including the Model 3 and Model Y without the presence of USB connections in the center console and at the rear. At BMW, some models also come without a touchscreen, the manufacturer promising to solve the problem later while offering a credit.