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The supply chain issues of Ford and Chevy are now affecting the cool cars

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Ford and Chevrolet have reportedly halted production of their respective flagship products, the Mustang and Camaro, for a week due to supply chain problems (through jalopnik† While the breaks probably won’t make it much harder to get a muscle car, they’re just the latest in a string of auto industry delays caused by a shortage of chips and other supplies.

According to WXYZ DetroitFord explicitly cites the chip shortage as the reason it doesn’t produce cars on its Flat Rock Assembly Plant where Mustangs are made. This isn’t the first time the company has struggled with delivery issues – it had to cut back on production of the F-150 and other vehicles several timesand earlier this year it started selling Explorers that were missing minor features, reportedly due to a lack of chips.

However, General Motors, Chevy’s parent company, has had similar problems Fox Business say the company did not comment on exactly why it paused production on its Lansing Grand River Facility responsible for making the Camaro and Cadillac CT4/CT5. Last year, the company had to close six of its US-based plants and drop features such as wireless charging and gas-saving Active Fuel Management systems from some of its vehicles. It even blamed the deficits for the decline in sales that gave Toyota the crown of “top seller of vehicles in the US” that GM had owned for nearly a century.

Ford and GM, of course, would rather not have to close their factories and have taken steps to improve the situation – they both announced partnerships with chipmakers late last year. But designing your own chips or changing manufacturing are projects that can take years, and every company that touches technology is now fighting to get semiconductors.

Other automakers have also been hit by supply chain tensions from both a pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Only in the past two months has BMW production halted in some of its German factoriesTesla had closed its factory in Shanghai due to COVID restrictions, and Nissan a wider launch delayed of its Ariya EV in Japan thanks to the chip shortage. Volvo and Toyota have also had to implement production restrictions.

Of course, as automakers struggle with production, it has become more difficult for consumers to buy cars as well. new cars, when they are availablehave become more expensive, and some used cars are even selling for more than they cost new.

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