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.
The Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) located in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada suburbs has also been idled this week. The BAP facility assembles the popular Dodge Charger (LD) and Dodge Challenger (LA) muscle cars, as well as the beloved Chrysler 300 Series (LX) sport sedan.
Stellantis has also idled its Detroit Assembly Complex – Jefferson (formerly known as Jefferson North Assembly Plant or JNAP) facility for a second consecutive week. That plant builds the Dodge Durango (WD) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2) sport utility vehicles.
The Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Illinois, which produces the slow-selling Jeep Cherokee (KL) has also extended its shutdown of the facility for this week. The Belvidere continues to be the hardest hit facility in the Stellantis North American operations, as it has been shut down the most during the shortage.
On a positive note, the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, did return to work this week. That plant currently manufactures the trio of Chrysler minivans (Pacifica, Grand Caravan for Canada, and Voyager for the United States) and has also been a heavily affected plant during the semiconductor shortage.
“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 MoparInsiders via e-mail.