Production stop will last only a week, for the moment…
Wrangler production will continue.
Stellantis expects that the shortage will last into 2022.
This was inevitable, or at the very least predictable as Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares last week said that the global semiconduction unavailability will easily drag into 2022. This is however the first time that the Toledo South Assembly Plant in Ohio will pause production of the Jeep Gladiator.
As far as Stellantis is concerned, this is only another assembly line pausing. As we write these lines, the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, where the Chrysler minivans are assembled, is down. Activities will resume next week. Jeep Wrangler production, put together at the Toledo North Assembly Plant, will continue. The Gladiator’s fate will befall the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario, where the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and Chrysler 300 sedan assembled.
“Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement as reported by the Detroit Free Press.
So far, according to experts, the shortage will have cost the auto industry no less than $100 billion. If Tavares is right, the losses have only begun growing.