As the semiconductor shortage continues to hit the automotive industry hard, Stellantis has idled several more North American plants. Demand for semiconductor chips continues to rise and it seems that the shortages could continue to affect the automotive industry to 2023, according to the latest reports.
With semiconductors becoming the backbone of the industry, controlling electronic features like driver-assist technologies, hybrid-electric systems, and even infotainment connectivity, it’s getting hard to manufacturer the vehicles that the buying public wants.
Stellantis has idled its Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Saltillo Truck) in Satillo, Coahuila, Mexico this week. The plant currently manufactures the popular Ram 1500 Classic (DS) (for export, Regular Cab for North America), Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty pickups (DJ/D2), and 3500/4500/5500 (DD/DP) Heavy Duty Chassis Cabs. The plant will hopefully return to production on Monday, October 4th.
Other plant closures during this week for Stellantis North American operations include the Brampton Assembly Plant (Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chrysler 300), Detroit Assembly Complex – Jefferson (Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee), and the Belvidere Assembly Plant (Jeep Cherokee).
“Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” a Stellantis spokesperson told HDRams.com via e-mail.