The Chevy Equinox crossover and Chevy Malibu sedan were among the vehicles that were hardest hit by the semiconductor chip shortage this year, according to a study conducted by AutoForecast Solutions.
The market research firm has compiled a list of every vehicle model that was affected by the semiconductor chip shortage this year, which estimates how many units each model lost in volume due to the supply crunch. The Chevy Equinox was one of the hardest-hit vehicles across the entire industry, according to Autoforecast Solutions, with 107,384 potential vehicles cut from the CAMI Assembly plant production schedule and 54,203 cut from the GM Ramos Arizpe plant for a total of 161,587 units. The Chevy Malibu was close behind the Equinox, with 116,598 units cut from the GM Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas.
Both the CAMI Assembly and Fairfax Assembly plants were offline for extended periods this year as GM grappled with the effects of the chip shortage. The automaker has remained focused on getting semiconductor chips to plants that build its most popular and profitable vehicles amid the shortage, such as the Arlington Assembly plant in Texas, which builds its full-size SUV lineup. Similarly, the automaker’s full-size pickup trucks were also given priority amid the chip shortage.
GM wasn’t the only automaker heavily impacted by the global chip shortage. Ford cut production of the E-Series utility van by over 117,000 units this year due to the shortage, while the Explorer and F-Series Super Duty were also heavily impacted with 83,784 and 64,853 units cut, respectively. Stellantis was also severely affected, trimming production of important models like the Compass and Cherokee by over 100,000 units.
Foreign automakers like Daimler, BMW and Toyota were appeared to have less trouble securing chips than the Detroit Big Three, with their production output not as heavily affected by the supply crunch this year.
Auto production is expected to remain hampered throughout 2022, with demand for semiconductor chips expected to remain elevated for the foreseeable future. That said, GM has observed an improvement in the chip supply recently, raising its profit outlook for 2021 earlier this month.