Stellantis scraps Peugeot digital dashboards in chip lack

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PARIS — Carmaker Stellantis explained on Wednesday it would switch electronic dashboards with aged-fashioned analogue speedometers in just one of its Peugeot versions, in a fallout from a global shortage of semiconductor chips that is roiling the car field.

The adjust will only impact Peugeot 308 vehicles, amid team brands that incorporate Chrysler, Citroen and Jeep due to the fact France’s PSA Team merged with Italian-American business Fiat-Chrysler this year to kind Stellantis.

“It truly is a nifty and agile way of acquiring around a serious hurdle for car or truck manufacturing, until eventually the chips crisis finishes,” a spokesman for Stellantis instructed Reuters.

Production of Peugeot 308 cars and trucks had currently been disrupted at the group’s French manufacturing facility of Sochaux due to the lack, echoing momentary halts and creation cutbacks globally, from Ford Motor to Volkswagen, in modern months.

The COVID-19 pandemic drove up demand for semiconductor chips for use in electronics like pcs, as folks labored from dwelling, and suppliers are having difficulties to regulate.

The regular gauges on Peugeot 308 automobiles should get started showing up in motor vehicles by the finish of May well, the business claimed, even though Stellantis is keeping chips for electronic dashboards on its most common models, like the Peugeot 3008 SUV.

The current Peugeot 308 is thanks to be phased out in the autumn, and the subsequent era of this vehicle will be produced with digital dashboards at a distinctive manufacturing unit, in Mulhouse.

Peugeot sold all-around 98,000 models of the 308 very last 12 months.

French news channel LCI mentioned Peugeot was mulling a 400 euro ($480) low cost on vehicles with the analogue speedometers. Stellantis declined to remark.


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