The global shortage of semiconductor chips continues to complicate the work of automakers – Stellantis has announced that it will temporarily phase out digital instrument clusters on the new Peugeot 308.
All new Peugeot 308s will be equipped with traditional analog dashboards until the chip supply problems are over, Reuters reports.
“This is a graceful and flexible way for automakers to get around the chip crisis,” a Stellantis spokesman said.
Earlier, the concern for the same reason had to unscheduled stop production of the Peugeot 308 at the plant in Sochaux (France). The 308 will begin to be equipped with analog devices from May, buyers will be given a discount of 400 euros from the original price. At the same time, Stellantis will retain digital combinations on most popular models, including the Peugeot 3008 crossover.
In recent months, due to a shortage of chips, many automakers have been forced to suspend production of cars, including such giants as Ford and Volkswagen.
Recall that the shortage of semiconductor microcircuits was facilitated by several factors: an unexpectedly rapid recovery in demand for these components from automakers after the end of the “coronavirus crisis”, an increase in sales of computers and laptops due to the massive transition of people to remote work, a major fire at the Asahi plant Kasei Microdevices, one of the largest chip manufacturers, in October 2020.
Stellantis is a combined concern FCA (FIAT-Chrysler) and PSA (Peugeot-Citroen), registered in early 2021.