Semiconductor shortage in the automotive industry

24 June 2021

Motor manufacturers around the globe are currently experiencing a shortage of semiconductor microchips which are essential for many of the high tech features in new cars being built. Currently there are not enough semiconductors being made to meet the demand of manufacturing around the world. Semiconductors, which make computer chips and integrated circuits, are used in just about everything, from phones, televisions, microwaves, to medical equipment and much more. They are also essential for many of the high tech features in new cars being built and so this is having a significant effect on the timelines of getting new cars built. Some manufacturers are now looking at changing the vehicle specification to manage the shortage and others have had to temporarily suspend production of certain models.

This shortage means that lead times of new cars are affected as some manufacturers are now looking at changing the vehicle specification to manage the shortage and others have had to temporarily suspend production of certain models.

Although this shortage is being resolved, there are still some delays in the manufacture of certain cars and so this is affecting the time taken from when new cars have been ordered to when they’re able to be delivered. At Tusker, we’re working closely with the motor manufacturers to ensure we’re aware of all the delays and can communicate them with our drivers. 

However, for employees who are looking for a car with a quick delivery time, we’d recommend to looks at our Cars in Stock page where we are making sure we have plenty of choice. Although they won’t be built to your exact specification, they will be brand new cars that we have a stock of and can therefore be delivered as soon as we have an order approved and the paperwork returned.

For anyone who needs any help for advice with choosing a new car, please call our Employee Engagement Team who can help you with your options on 0333 400 7431.

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