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This semiconductor chip shortage is really affecting the auto industry. Many automakers are feeling the tension as resources become stretched thin, and the auto industry isn’t the only contender for these chips. A large majority of electronics today come with some form of computerized tech, and it’s all thanks to semiconductors. We discussed the chip shortage and its effects on the auto industry last week, and it was a bit depressing. This week, we’d like to shine a little light on some good news amidst the chip shortage. The Chevrolet Camaro will be the next model from General Motors to restart production by the end of June 2021, and a classic from Ram Trucks will also start back up.
General Motors, like many automakers, has had to make some sacrifices and change up plans for new models due to the semiconductor shortage. The automaker’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan has felt most the brunt, having returned to operation on May 3 after a 49-day shut down, only to be shut down again weeks later. This plant is responsible for the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5 models, but the current supply chain makes production unpredictable and difficult to complete. There is some hope, however, with GM announcing that the Camaro will return to production on June 21.
Over the last few months, the Chevy Camaro has been on the drying rack longer than it’s been on the assembly line. The Cadillac may soon follow, but if that happens, it won’t be until July at the earliest. In other news, another automaker is starting to get things back to normal. Ram Trucks, now a part of the Stellantis automotive group, originally under Fiat Chrysler, has reported that production is already restarting at numerous facilities. Internal combustion engines are going to see an increase as electric vehicles become more difficult to produce, and trucks and large SUVs continue to be in high demand. Many automakers will be shifting their focus to meet the supply and demand with the chip shortage.
This means good news for fans of the Ram 1500 Classic. One of the largest problems when it comes to the chip shortage is how advanced and modern automobiles are today. With all the fancy virtual technology, infotainment systems, and wireless connectivity, vehicles today are basically computers on wheels. Going back a few model years, or even a whole generation could help stay in business, and that’s where the Ram 1500 Classic will shine. Still holding true to its previous design and featuring less of the more advanced technology of newer models, the fourth generation of the light duty pickup truck is not only more affordable for consumers but could also save the automaker some big bucks.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic is still a prized vehicle, with strong sales in 2019, 2020, and 2021 so far. Available in three trims (Tradesman, Express, Warlock), consumers have a number of configurations to choose from. There are two powertrains, a 3.6-liter V6 engine able to generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, available on all trims, capable of generating 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. Technology may be a little older, with the Uconnect 3 on a 5-inch display the standard, but Uconnect 4C on an 8.4-inch display is available on all trims, with navigation can be found on the Warlock trim. Other more modern advancements can always be added on.