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Shortages of microchips, seat foam, more halts auto production

It was unclear to what degree the new shutdown might exacerbate already strained chip supplies in the weeks ahead. But even without the added problem, automakers said they are taking production hits.

  • Toyota said last week that supplier shortages will impact production of the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid, Tacoma and Corolla, and the Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h, at plants in the U.S. and Mexico.
  • Volvo Cars said in a statement that it is reducing production at its South Carolina plant that makes the S60 sedan for global markets. The automaker said it is taking
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GM, missing parts, keeps on trucking

“We continue to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products,” GM spokesman David Barnas said.

GM last month said the shortage could cut this year’s earnings by as much as $2 billion.

Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Volvo Cars and other automakers are pressing pause on some production as the shortage continues.

GM’s active and dynamic fuel management technologies — generically known as variable displacement or cylinder deactivation — use fewer engine cylinders during certain situations such as highway driving.

Building the pickups without the module will reduce fuel economy by

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VW takes a battery idea from rival Tesla

Whether upstream or downstream, the shift toward greater vertical integration is here to stay, argues Peter Fuss, senior adviser for EY’s automotive team in Germany.

“Carmakers see what’s happening in [the EU] — one way or the other, they have to sell these cars, and they cannot wait until some municipality gets around to installing charging stations,” he said. “Nor can they afford to become dependent on suppliers for such a critical component of an EV. We’ve already seen what this can do for semiconductors and battery cells.”

To aid the industry and ensure access to the needed inputs,

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Automotive News Daily Drive highlights, Feb. 26-March 5

Here are edited highlights from the latest episodes of “Daily Drive,” Automotive News‘ weekday podcast, hosted by Jason Stein and Steve Schmith.

“When I was growing up my dad was a very dominant kind of employer. He was involved in everything. He was fair, but tough. When I got out of college, about a year later, he realized that maybe I had some special skills. He reversed his role from being the dominant player, the CEO-COO, into an adviser role and gave me space, allowed me to make mistakes.” — Dealer Mike Maroone, CEO of Maroone USA, reflecting on

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All the Automotive News You Missed This Week That You Should Know About

Porsche will soon control Bugatti, and they’re planning something with Rimac

Hyper-luxury hypercar maker Bugatti‘s place in the greater VW Group has always been a little awkward, sitting above such almost-competitive brands as Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley but remaining a small presence with a big reputation. Now, as part of a reorganization, Bugatti is likely being moved under Porsche’s control, as VW CEO Herbert Diess revealed this week — and they’re planning on setting up a joint venture with Rimac. The more 1,800-hp electric hypercars, the merrier, right?

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Jeep’s hybrid Wrangler can go 21 miles on electricity

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Targeting Tesla, Geely to launch new premium EV brand, report says

BEIJING — China’s Geely plans to roll out electric vehicles under a new marque with different branding and sales strategies, people familiar with the matter said, as the Volvo Cars owner looks to take on its main EV rival, Tesla, with higher-end vehicles.

The brand, positioned in the premium segment and named “Zeekr,” will be housed under Geely’s to-be-launched EV entity Lingling Technologies, according to three people, who declined to be named as the plan is not yet public. Reuters reported the plans for Lingling last month.

Geely, the owner of Volvo Cars and 9.7 percent of Daimler, will roll

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