Vehicle purchasers face delay in the midst of chip deficiency

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Global semiconductor chip crisis affects the availability chain and production of automobiles within the country as buyers face months-long delay within the delivery of vehicles.

The chip shortage, which began within the half-moon of 2021 in Asia, hit the worldwide auto industry hard because the demand for semi-conductors increased after lockdowns were lifted.

Almost all car manufacturers are unable to carryout timely deliveries, citing chip shortage also as overwhelming advanced bookings.

The longest wait is faced by buyers who booked the new Honda City models including Aspire which features a delivery time of March 2022 just in case a buyer books it today. Other Honda models would be delivered in January and February 2022.

A dealer of Honda City said buyers will got to wait till March 2022 as advance bookings have gone beyond the company’s expectation. the corporate is reported to possess booked over 12,000 units after opening up the booking in May.

Talking to Dawn, an executive of the Honda Atlas Company Ltd said, “We have parts of Honda City. The delivery of the vehicles booked in May will start from August 24.”

However, he said, the corporate has suspended the booking of Civic Turbo for a month due to semiconductor chip shortage.

The HACL management had informed corporate analysts during a briefing held within the last week of July that it’s now started double shift and is working at maximum capacity to satisfy strong demand.

On prices, the corporate said if pressure on rupee continues, a number of the impact would be passed on to car prices.

The delivery schedule of Toyota Yaris hovers between one to 1.5 months followed by three to four months time in Corolla. Hilux and Fortuner deliveries range between three to four months.

Talking to Dawn, Pak Suzuki Motor Company Limited (PSMCL) spokesman Shafiq Ahmed Sheikh said delivery time of some Suzuki models is 2 months while for others it hovers between 15 days to at least one month.

The company is facing supply-chain problems thanks to the delay in shipments of imported parts amid lockdown in several countries, he acknowledged. “We try our greatest to deliver vehicles as soon as possible,” he added.

“For those folks who booked Suzuki Cultus automatic in April, the delivery is probably going to be in September,” a buyer who had booked this model said.

MG Motors has informed its customers that the worldwide auto industry “is facing a historic challenge concerning a significant shortage of semiconductor chips immediately this is often beyond any one’s control and deliveries are being delayed for all car brands.”

The company said it’s working tirelessly to expedite deliveries by ensuring that each vehicle is delivered on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. the corporate also promised to refund customers’ amount for the asking while urging them to point out patience.

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