GM Builds Pickups Without Some Mods Due To Global Chip Shortage, Auto News, ET Auto
By Ben Klayman
DETROIT: General Motors Co said on Monday that due to the global shortage of semiconductor chips, the U.S. automaker is building some 2021 full-size pickup trucks without a fuel management module, which slightly affects the economy performance of fuel for these vehicles.
The lack of an active fuel management / dynamic fuel management module means that affected models, equipped with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with six- and eight-speed automatic transmission, will have a lower fuel economy of one. mile per gallon, spokesperson Michelle Dit Malcho.
Malcho pointed out that all of the trucks are still under construction, which GM has repeatedly stressed that it will try to protect because pickup trucks are among GM’s most profitable models. She declined to say the volume of vehicles affected.
“By taking this step, we are better able to meet strong customer and dealer demand for our full-size trucks as the industry continues to rebound and strengthen,” Malcho wrote in an email.
GM said last month that the shortage could cut up to $ 2 billion in profits this year. He then said he expected global chip supplies to return to normal rates by the second half of the year.
The chip shortage, which has plagued automakers around the world, stems from a confluence of factors such as automakers, who shut their factories for two months during the COVID-19 pandemic last year, are competing with the sprawling consumer electronics industry for chip supply.
GM shares were down 2.1% in morning trading.