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Analog Revenge: Chip Shortage Forcing Automakers to Ditch Tech

After months of seeing factories idled, it seems that the global semiconductor shortage has encouraged the automotive sector to rethink some production strategies. Numerous brands have opted to strip vehicles of specific features to help offset the ever-worsening chip problem, occasionally supplanting them with older hardware. Well, well, well. It looks like the push into […] The post Analog Revenge: Chip Shortage Forcing Automakers to Ditch Tech appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Supply Chain, Autos, Supply, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, News Blog, Industry Trends, Chip Shortage, Semiconductor Shortage, Semiconductor Chip


Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason

As if you needed more doom and gloom to kick off this week, the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) lobby has confessed that its fleet will go into the next few months operating well below capacity. That means there’s a very good chance that some parts of the country could see gas shortages over the summer. While […] The post Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, Fuel, Autos, Drivers, Shortage, Fuel Economy, Industry News, Oil Industry, Big Oil, News Blog, National Tank Truck Carriers NTTC, Fuel Shortage, Tanker Operators


Semiconductor Shortage By the Numbers, Looks Bad

The global shortage of semiconductor chips has really done a number on the industry and it’s just one of several major supplier issues created by our response to the pandemic. Years from now, people will look back and use the benefit of hindsight to come up with the perfect solution to a problem that has […] The post Semiconductor Shortage By the Numbers, Looks Bad appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Stats, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Shortage, Supply, Chip, Semiconductor, Industry News, Demand, News Blog, Part Shortages, Just-in-time


Chip Shortage Forcing Daimler to Stall Production

In today’s update on the semiconductor shortage, we learn that Daimler has elected to place over 18,000 Mercedes-Benz employees on reduced schedules. With an insufficient number of chips, the manufacturer cannot produce vehicles with sufficient reliability and has decided to ease off until resupplies are more predictable. Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to happen for at least […] The post Chip Shortage Forcing Daimler to Stall Production appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Chips, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Daimler, Industry News, Daimler AG, News Blog, Chip Shortage, Semiconductor Shortage


Chip Shortage: Subaru Shutting Down SIA Through April

Today’s update on the global semiconductor shortage involves Subaru, which recently announced that it would be suspending production at its plant in Indiana.  Lafayette’s Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) will be idled through the end of April while the automaker waits for suppliers to catch up. It’s a situation we’ve seen numerous manufacturers forced into this […] The post Chip Shortage: Subaru Shutting Down SIA Through April appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Indiana, Autos, Sia, Chips, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Subaru, News Blog, Subaru Of Indiana Automotive, Subaru of Indiana Automotive SIA, Chip Shortage, Semiconductor Shortage, Indiana Lafayette


Rubber Shortages Become Latest Problem for Auto Industry

Those of you tracking the semiconductor shortage can probably take it easy for a while, as practically every industry group on the planet has tentatively agreed we’ll be seeing a chip deficit for a few years. Meanwhile, market analysts are trying to predict the next material we won’t have enough of and rubber is looking […] The post Rubber Shortages Become Latest Problem for Auto Industry appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Trade, Autos, Automotive Industry, Suppliers, Rubber, Industry News, Semiconductors, Latex, News Blog, Trade War Watch, Natural Rubber, Supply Chain Issues, Chip Shortage, Component Shortages, Material Shortages


Ford Skipping Summer Shutdowns

Ford will be ignoring the typical two-week summer shutdown this year as a way to make up for production downtime caused by the semiconductor shortage. That’s undoubtedly going to complicate some vacation plans. But Blue Oval has already given loads of workers time off and has more downtime planned through April and now that the […] The post Ford Skipping Summer Shutdowns appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Ford, Autos, Vacation, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, Ford Motor Co, UAW, Blue Oval, News Blog, Union News, Summer Shutdown, Factory News, Chip Shortage, Part Shortage


Auto Industry Requests U.S. Government Help With Chip Shortage

The Alliance for Auto Innovation (AAI) is hard at work begging the federal government for help while the world continues coping with the semiconductor chip shortage, though it’s hardly the first time the industry has asked for or received administrative assistance. With pandemic lockdowns throwing global supply chains into a tailspin, U.S President Joe Biden said […] The post Auto Industry Requests U.S. Government Help With Chip Shortage appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Government, Supply Chain, Joe Biden, Production, Industry, Autos, Automotive Industry, Supply, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, News Blog, Automotive Suppliers, Part Shortages, Alliance for Auto Innovation AAI


Semiconductor Shortage Delays More Automobiles

The industry is having to stall more plants to contend with the semiconductor shortage that’s currently making it more difficult for you to get everything from a smartphone on up to your next vehicle. Ford Motor Co. recently informed employees that its Dearborn truck plant (easily one of its most profitable facilities) would need to be […] The post Semiconductor Shortage Delays More Automobiles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, General Motors, Industry, Ford, Autos, Chrysler, Automotive Industry, Shortage, Delays, Suppliers, Semiconductor, Industry News, Ford Motor Co, Unifor, Dearborn


Investors Clara Brenner, Quin Garcia and Rachel Holt are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

The transportation industry is abuzz with upstarts, legacy automakers, suppliers and tech companies working on automated vehicle technology, digital platforms, electrification and robotics. Then there are shared mobility companies from cars to scooters and mopeds to ebikes. And who can forget the emerging air taxi companies? At the center of this evolving industry are the investors. Simply put: TechCrunch can’t hold an event on mobility without hearing from the people who are hunting for the bes...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Business, Japan, Entrepreneurship, China, Israel, Articles, Events, Supply Chain, Tech, Economy, Canada, Automotive


Sit on It: Foam Shortage Concerning Suppliers

You’ve no doubt heard about the chip shortage sweeping the automotive industry. But have you heard of the foam shortage? That’s right, there’s a dazzling new deficit of supplies in the manufacturing sector and it’s affecting your seats. The semiconductor crisis is so winter. Next season’s hottest supply trend involves those lovely little petrochemicals necessary for […] The post Sit on It: Foam Shortage Concerning Suppliers appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Oil, Supply Chain, Autos, Automotive Industry, Supply, Foam, Suppliers, Industry News, Shortages, News Blog, Car Seats, Supplier News, Seat Manufacturers, Seat Production


Toyota Pauses Production at 9 Plants Following Weekend Earthquake

Japan was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake over the weekend. The Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures were hit the hardest, offering a physical reminder of the 9.0 magnitude quake that devastated the region in 2011. Scientists have claimed that Saturday’s tremor was actually an aftershock from the horror show that occurred a decade earlier. While still a […] The post Toyota Pauses Production at 9 Plants Following Weekend Earthquake appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Japan, Earthquake, Supply Chain, Production, Industry, Autos, Fukushima, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Delays, Factory, Suppliers, Parts, Toyota Motor Corp, Miyagi, News Blog


GM Runs Out of Corvette Parts, Production Paused

The C8 Chevrolet Corvette has certainly seen its share of hardships. Despite the vehicle receiving almost unanimous approval from those fortunate enough to get some cockpit time, it has been subject to numerous delays through no fault of its own. Union negations held last fall resulted in a 40-day UAW strike that pushed assembly of […] The post GM Runs Out of Corvette Parts, Production Paused appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, General Motors, Production, Gm, Autos, Chevrolet, Corvette, UAW, Chevrolet Corvette, News Blog, C8, Factory News, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, Supply Chain Issues


Tarform unveils Luna e-moto for folks who may not like motorcycles

Brooklyn-based EV startup Taform unveiled its Luna electric motorcycle in New York last week—a model designed for an audience that may not actually like motorcycles. Tarform’s first street legal entrant, the Luna, starts at $24,000, does 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, has a city range of 120 miles, top-speed of 120 mph, and charges to 80% in 50 minutes—according to company specs. The model was hatched out of the company’s mission to meld aesthetic design and craftsmanship to environmental sustainab...
Tags: TC, New York, California, La, Supply Chain, Tech, Ceo, Brooklyn, United States, Motorcycles, Italy, Manufacturing, Electric Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Luna, Motorcycle


Mexico to the Rescue As Suppliers Resume Operations

Mexico is attempting to accelerate parts production to ensure North American automakers have enough components on hand to stay operational. The response to the pandemic saw manufacturing stalled worldwide as governments assessed whether or not we’d soon be living through a plague of biblical proportions. While fate decreed a repeat of the Black Death would not […] The post Mexico to the Rescue As Suppliers Resume Operations appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, Government, Supply Chain, Production, Canada, United States, Autos, Automotive Industry, Supply, Industry News, Relaunch, News Blog, U.S, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Report: U.S. Ramp-up of GM Pickups Paused As Parts Prove Precious

While General Motors earned the right to resume production in Mexico on Thursday, parts procurement in the gradually reopening North American economy remains a serious roadblock. U.S. plants came online May 18th following two months of pandemic-prompted downtime. Of topmost importance to all members of the Detroit Three are their hot-selling pickup lines, though UAW- […] The post Report: U.S. Ramp-up of GM Pickups Paused As Parts Prove Precious appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, Supply Chain, General Motors, Production, Gm, Autos, Trucks, Detroit, Chevrolet Silverado, UAW, Detroit Three, GMC Sierra, Flint Assembly, Pickups, News Blog, Fort Wayne Assembly


Show Your Papers: Mexican Auto Factories Allowed to Restart With Proper Documents

Mexico spent plenty of time discussing the phased reopening of automotive plants last week. The presumption was that the nation would have to establish guidelines for industrial work zones that would allow some to resume production after May 18th, with timing coinciding with U.S. facilities that will be in desperate need of parts and vehicles. However, […] The post Show Your Papers: Mexican Auto Factories Allowed to Restart With Proper Documents appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, Supply Chain, Production, Autos, Automotive Industry, Industry News, Relaunch, News Blog, Coronavirus


Long Road to Recovery: Supply Chain Troubles Impact Industry Relaunch

As predicted, supply issues are hampering the automotive industry’s relaunch. The good news is that practically everyone on the planet understood this would be a problem, but it’s undercut by the preliminary damage created by coronavirus lockdowns. While automakers had sizable cash reserves with which to endure an economic shutdown, many suppliers did not. Small […] The post Long Road to Recovery: Supply Chain Troubles Impact Industry Relaunch appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Tesla, Ford, Fca, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, North America, Detroit, Demand, Long Road, News Blog, Coronavirus, New Coronavirus Countermeasures Automobile Council, Part Supply, Supply Troubles


Start Me Up: As Industry Slides Into Gear, U.S. Requests Industrial Assistance from Mexico

Mexico is considering reopening factories after May 18th, now that automakers and the U.S. government have requested it resume production at plants serving the American market. With supply chains needing time to catch up, vehicle assembly will be precarious until parts can be reliably sourced. And Mexico is an essential part of that industrial recovery […] The post Start Me Up: As Industry Slides Into Gear, U.S. Requests Industrial Assistance from Mexico appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, Government, Supply Chain, United States, Factories, Autos, Automotive Industry, Industry News, News Blog, U.S, Auto Parts, USMCA


Former Tesla president and Lyft COO Jon McNeill on what both companies have gotten right and wrong

We recently interviewed Jon McNeill to learn more about his newest project, a startup studio called DeltaV Ventures. But we also wanted to hear about what it’s like to work inside of Tesla and Lyft. McNeill spent two-and-a-half years as the carmaker’s president, heading up global sales, marketing, delivery and government relations before heading to Lyft in early 2018, where he served as COO for 18 months. (He left four months after the ride-hail company’s IPO last year.) He shared his take on...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Elon Musk, Supply Chain, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Venture Capital, Market Analysis, Jon McNeill, The Boring Company, Lyft COO Jon McNeill, Extra Crunch


Tesla Reportedly Stops Production in Shanghai

Reports indicate Tesla has idled production in Shanghai, despite plans for the facility to resume production this week. Workers had been given time off for a five-day break that incorporated China’s International Workers’ Day (May 1st), with production expected to resume on the 6th. However, the facility made the surprise decision to remain closed. Staff have […] The post Tesla Reportedly Stops Production in Shanghai appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Supply Chain, Tesla, Production, Shanghai, Autos, Tesla Motors, News Blog, Tesla Inc, COVID-19, Giga Shanghai, Gigafactory 3


Gatik adds autonomous box trucks to its ‘middle mile’ game plan

Gatik, the autonomous vehicle startup focused on the ‘middle mile’ of logistics, has added box trucks to its fleet as Walmart and other customers look for ways to boost efficiency and shore up the supply chain amid surging demand from consumers ordering goods online. Gatik came out of stealth nearly a year ago with a game plan — and Walmart as a customer — to haul goods short distances for retailers and distributors using self-driving commercial delivery vans. The self-driving vehicles still ...
Tags: Transportation, California, Marketing, Supply Chain, Tech, Walmart, Canada, Automotive, United States, Arkansas, Ford, Retail, Truck, North America, Delivery, Retail Store


GM’s Newest Tweener Limps Out of the Gate

Your author can’t explain why his neighbor purchased a new Chevrolet Blazer Premier, but he can understand why General Motors felt the need to insert a new crossover between the Equinox and Traverse. CUV white space = $$$, I think the famous equation goes. With this in mind, the existence of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, […] The post GM’s Newest Tweener Limps Out of the Gate appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Sales, Supply Chain, General Motors, Production, Korea, Gm, Autos, Suppliers, Equinox, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GM Korea, News Blog, Trailblazer


Suppliers to Michigan: Production Delays Are Bad for Business

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) have issued a letter to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer saying they’re ready to start delivering components to manufacturers. Despite Detroit automakers signaling a readiness to resume production, Whitmer has extended stay-at-home orders through May 15th — lifting some earlier restrictions on business and travel. However, […] The post Suppliers to Michigan: Production Delays Are Bad for ...
Tags: Supply Chain, Autos, Automotive Industry, Michigan, Detroit, UAW, MEMA, News Blog, Parts Suppliers, Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer, Original Equipment Suppliers Association OESA, COVID-19, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, OESA, Stay-at-home Orders


Ford ‘Confident’ It’ll Have the Transfer Cases It Needs

As it woos the UAW with health protocol and assesses suppliers to ensure their readiness when production resumes (whenever that ends up being), Ford Motor Company says a crucial component it needs for a great number of big-ticket vehicles will be there, too. Hoping to get all of its ducks in a row before Michigan […] The post Ford ‘Confident’ It’ll Have the Transfer Cases It Needs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Production, Ford, Autos, Michigan, Lincoln, Suppliers, Parts, Ford Motor Company, UAW, BorgWarner, News Blog


Trashed by a Twister and Crucial to Ford, a BorgWarner Plant Struggles to Get Back on Its Feet

A South Carolina assembly plant that took major damage from a tornado back on April 13th is making headway in returning to production. It’s still a long way from normal, but the plant’s promise of “limited production” in the coming weeks should be music to the ears of Ford, which relies on the Seneca, SC […] The post Trashed by a Twister and Crucial to Ford, a BorgWarner Plant Struggles to Get Back on Its Feet appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Supply Chain, Production, Ford, Ram, Autos, Toyota, South Carolina, Parts, BorgWarner, News Blog, Seneca SC, Transfer Cases


EV startup Nio secures $1 billion investment from China entities

Chinese electric vehicle startup Nio has secured a $1 billion investment from several state-owned companies in Hefei in return for agreeing to establish headquarters in the city’s economic development hotspot and giving up a stake in one of its business units. The injection of capital comes from several investors, including Hefei City Construction and Investment Holding Group, CMG-SDIC Capital and Anhui Provincial Emerging Industry Investment Co. Nio’s factory is already in Hefei, which it opera...
Tags: TC, China, Supply Chain, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Shanghai, Automotive Industry, Electric, Anhui, Hefei, NIO, Nio China, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group, Hefei Economic and Technological Development Area, Nio Inc Investors


Bad News for Ford: Carolina Twister Makes Direct Hit on Automaker’s Supply Chain

An outbreak of tornadoes through the Gulf states and into the Southeast early last week saw one twister shatter a sprawling BorgWarner assembly plant. Known for building all-important transfer cases for four-and all-wheel drive vehicles, the Seneca, SC facility lay in near-ruins  following the direct hit, though it wasn’t known which manufacturers sourced components from […] The post Bad News for Ford: Carolina Twister Makes Direct Hit on Automaker’s Supply Chain appeared first on The Truth Abou...
Tags: Supply Chain, Production, Nature, Ford, Autos, F-150, Disasters, Trucks, Suppliers, Gulf, Southeast, Carolina, Seneca, BorgWarner, News Blog, Ford F-150


Ford partners with Thermo Fisher on COVID-19 collection kits, expands production to face masks, gowns

Ford has expanded its plan to produce critical medical equipment and supplies, including a new effort to make reusable gowns from airbag materials as well as a partnership with scientific instrument provider Thermo Fisher Scientific to ramp up production of COVID-19 collection kits to test for the virus. This broader plan highlights the latest effort by automakers and medical device manufacturers to help ease a shortage of equipment and supplies such as face shields, face masks, protective go...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Supply Chain, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Michigan, 3m, Henry Ford, UAW, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thermo Fisher, Kansas City Assembly Plant, Plymouth Mich, Vreeland


Ford partners with Thermo Fisher on COVID-19 test kits, expands production to face masks, gowns

Ford has expanded its plan to produce critical medical equipment and supplies, including a new effort to make reusable gowns from airbag materials as well as a partnership with scientific instrument provider Thermo Fisher Scientific to ramp up production of COVID-19 collection kits to test for the virus. This broader plan highlights the latest effort by automakers and medical device manufacturers to help ease a shortage of equipment and supplies such as face shields, face masks, protective go...
Tags: Health, TC, Hardware, Supply Chain, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Michigan, 3m, Henry Ford, UAW, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thermo Fisher, Kansas City Assembly Plant, Plymouth Mich, Vreeland



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