Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:06

GM Tells Dealers it Will Offer Heated Seats on More 2022 Vehicles After All

Written by Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country interior. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country interior. Mark Phelan/Detroit Free Press


...blind spot alert, fuel-saving cylinder deactivation and its revolutionary Super Cruise hands-free driving assistant. Most are available again now.


“GM has managed to navigate the chip shortage fairly well until this point,” Waatti said.


Chips aren’t only involved in obviously advanced features. They regulate everything from audio systems to cabin temperature---even the ignition buttons and smart key fobs that start and unlock vehicles.


There is no auto industry without computer chips. That’s part of the reason the U.S. government is looking at incentives to make more in the U.S. Most production is currently located in Asia. When sales screeched to a halt in early 2020 and most automakers canceled parts orders, consumer electronics makers and other industries swooped in and gobbled up the suddenly available manufacturing capacity.


GM won’t say how much paying dealerships to retrofit the chips will cost, but there’s no doubt it’s less than what the automaker stood to lose.


“The chip shortage is likely to last well into next year at the very least,” Consumer ReportsBenjamin Preston said. “What that means for consumers is that there will be new cars that don't have the features they want. Whether or not it will be a deal breaker depends upon who is shopping, and for what vehicle.


“The one area where the chip shortage shouldn't have much of an impact is advanced safety features.”


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