As the coronavirus pandemic continues to drag on, automakers across the globe are struggling to contend with semiconductor shortages. Earlier this month we reported that General Motors will be building their popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups without fuel management systems due to the shortage. This decision will see truck’s powered by the 5.3L V8 engine lose a bit of fuel economy, but will help prevent production delays. Of course GM isn’t the only truck manufacturer dealing with this problem, as both Ford and Ram are in the same boat. Detroit’s other two automakers are taking a bit of a different approach, however. Here’s how the chip shortage will impact the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 models.
Let’s start with Ford Motor Company. Last week, the automaker confirmed that semiconductor shortage will directly impact the production of their profit-driving Ford F-150 and the Edge models. More specifically, Ford noted that it will be forced to build these products without some of their necessary computer modules, though the company wouldn’t specify which supplier was impacted. Ford did note however that these systems were tied to basic functions such as the windshield wipers and infotainment systems. Unlike GM however, incomplete Ford F-150 models won’t be passed off to customers. Instead, the automaker will hold these vehicles for “a number of weeks”, before installing the missing components.
A spokesperson for the automaker confirmed that thousands of vehicles are currently being impacted by these missing parts.
That announcement came shortly after Ford stated that it would idle the Ohio Assembly plant, while also reducing the number of shifts at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Both plants are returning to full capacity on March 29. All of these issues are part of why Ford has projected a loss in profits of between $1 billion to $2.5 billion for the year.
Stellantis has been a bit less open with us about their semiconductor issues. That said, we do know that the Ram 1500 Classic is impacted by the shortage. The global automaker has confirmed that they will continue to build these Ram trucks however, holding them for final assembly until chips become available. The automaker wouldn’t comment on the number of vehicles affected, but did confirm the delay will exist for a number of weeks.
As automakers continue to battle consumer electronics companies for semiconductors, we don’t see these chip shortages ending anytime soon. That is problematic for the industry, considering the impact it’s having on their bottom lines. That said, we’ll have to wait and see how long this problem will affect the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 Classic.