It’s absolutely no secret the automotive industry has been hit hard with supply chain issues — all related to the global pandemic and microchip shortages. We recently reported that the Jeep Gladiator was going to halt production, and now Stellantis announced more production halts at their assembly plants due to the same microchip shortage. This time Ram 1500 production is affected.
Production has been halted at three different assembly plants, Stellantis said via a press release, and the plants impacted include Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan, Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois and the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario.
Stellantis released the following statement addressing these plant shut downs: “Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry.”
Vehicles impacted by the shutdown include Ram 1500, Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Voyager as well as Dodge’s two muscle cars — Challenger and Charger.
The production facilities will shutter for one week as they await the microchips to fulfill their orders on these vehicles.
Ford Motor Company has been hit especially hard by the microchip shortage with one report indicating that 230,000 vehicles have been taken out of production since this spring. General Motors has had more than 150,000 vehicles impacted by production slowdowns or stopages.
With so many new vehicle deliveries slowed down or halted, it has significantly impacted the used vehicle market. In fact, used pickup prices are up more than 27% in 2021. Plus, there are reports of the much-anticipated Ford Bronco seeing huge markups. The Bronco itself has been impacted from similar microchip issues as Ford can barely keep up with the demand of the iconic SUV.
It’s tough being in manufacturing right now. This is not an exclusive problem to the automotive industry. It crosses multiple industries. Many factories are still trying to recover from the global pandemic and all that it impacted. Patience is a virtue and a must.
The auto manufacturers don’t like this any more than the customers do as this microchip shortage is impacting their profits and their bottom line. The last thing manufacturers such as Stellantis want to do is halt production on any of their vehicles — but especially not on the popular vehicles like the Ram 1500. They need and want those assembly plants to keep rolling product off the line.
In due time, things will return to normal. Until then, cut the manufacturers some slack.