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The latest victim of the semiconductor shortage: 2021 Chevy Silverado auto start/stop

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In the name of getting trucks to market despite the international semi-conductor shortage, GM announced it will produce some trucks without the Silverado auto start/stop technology, which is supposed to help save fuel by shutting the engine off while the truck idles. And customers everywhere rejoice because this is one feature that just isn’t worth the annoyance.

Other deleted items include the HD radio capabilities in some trucks.

Not just a GM issue

The semiconductor shortage is affecting all brands and is making it hard for dealers to get new trucks on their lots for customers to buy. The shortage of new trucks is causing the prices to rise for new and used trucks and we are seeing some pretty hefty price increases the past few months. In fact, many of our readers and channel viewers are reporting their local dealerships are offering them more than they paid for their trucks if they’ll trade them in.

It’s crazy.

Silverado auto start/stop models affected

Most Silverado and Sierra 1500 trucks built on or after June 7, 2021, will not have the dreaded stop/start feature. Watch the video below where publisher Tim Esterdahl explains which year models, trims and engine configurations will be produced without this technology because GM offers a host of trim levels and engine options.

You’ll also learn why getting rid of this feature may actually be a good thing.

Save $150 on a $60k truck

While we may be excited to see this feature removed, it seems really silly that the savings for eliminating this technology is only $50. The same goes for the loss of active fuel management and HD radio. Can you imagine having a truck without these, going to a dealer and asking to have them added? You’d spend hundreds for each item. Knocking off just $50 for each loss seems absurd to us. What do you think?

 

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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