Posted on Sep 22, 2021 at 7:19 AMUpdated Sep 22, 2021, 3:14 PM
It’s the bad surprise of the start of the school year. While in the spring, and even again into the early summer, automakers hoped their semiconductor supply would improve by the end of this year, they now no longer see a way out of the crisis. before 2023.
At the Munich show in early September, the major German manufacturers all warned of the worsening situation. For the boss of the giant Volkswagen, Herbert Diess, the shortages will continue “over the next few months, even years”. That of Daimler, Ola Kallenius, affirmed that the crisis “could also affect the year 2022, and the situation become less tense again by 2023”. At BMW, CEO Oliver Zipse expects “the situation to continue over the next six to twelve months.” All manufacturers are concerned, even those who, like Toyota, have been spared for a while.