The Japanese automaker has been able to handle the chip shortage much better than anyone else. However, this does not mean that it is immune to supply chain issues.
Toyota was the most successful in dealing with the semiconductor chip shortage crisis. The Japanese automaker has learned harsh lessons from the devastating 2011 earthquake and has redefined its supply chain. Instead of the industry standard just-in-time method, Toyota began stockpiling critical components at significant cost, including semiconductor chips. Toyota has been able to cope with the chip shortage, however, that does not mean that the supply chain problem has not affected it.
According to the American media, there is currently a shortage of the four-cylinder turbocharged Toyota Supra engine in some parts of the country. The Austrian-built Supra, which is available with a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder, doesn’t seem to be in short supply.
“Due to Covid-19 and related events, Toyota has experienced a supply shortage that continues to intermittently affect our production in North America,” a Toyota spokesman confirmed. “While the situation remains volatile and complex, our production teams and supply chain specialists have worked hard to develop countermeasures to minimize the impact on production.”
2.0 Supra is not available in regions where it is usually slow to sell anyway, such as the southeastern coastal region. In California and Los Angeles, it will be much easier to find a “turbo four”. Toyota also confirmed that 2.0 models overall account for “about 15 percent” of Supra shipments.
The 3.0 Supra is significantly more powerful than the four-cylinder engine, with 255 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque versus 382 horsepower. and 500 Nm. The price difference is around $ 6,000, with both versions being virtually identical on the outside except for the wheels. Turbocharged Supras will appear in all regions, but it may take a while given the strange situation still haunting the industry.