2019 Grand Cherokee
Maybe, they could throw in some Bruce Springsteen tickets…This chip shortage is getting ridiculous. I think, overall, the auto industry would be better served by some increased standardization in components. In Formula One they all run the same ECU and the same dashboard yet Haas and Red Bull are nowhere near each other on a racetrack. In industry terms, it should mean that a Bosch OEM equipment on an Jeep air suspension control is interchangeable with a Calsonic Kansei OEM Toyota air suspension controller or Magneti Marelli controller on a Land Rover. Through programming, additional inputs and some other design (e.g. double air tanks) the various manufacturers may achieve different performance. If AMD and Intel can dictate motherboards to a particular specification, such that an AMD 5950x processor can work in a Gigabyte or an Asus X570 mo-bo (with much of the same performance) so can auto manufacturers, in order to increase their supply chain resiliency.
I am tired of just hearing how the Pandemic affected the world and it is responsible for all the supply shortages. What we are witnessing is the mentality that a good, legitimate crisis should never be wasted to further the company's bottom line.
Based on screenshots presented earlier if the air suspension is deleted on an existing order, the customer receives $750 credit. When was the last time anyone tried to replace an airbag suspension on a corner of a WK2? How much was it? Put all those components together, the 4 airbag struts, the controller, the pumps, the tanks...and all you can come up is $750 dollar credit? Come on now. The chip shortage is real. The greed is greater than the ship shortage.
Finally, since this perpetual blame on the Pandemic frustrates me, many of these chips are made in the East, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, South Korea etc. If you take a moment and think about it, something doesn't add up. The only shitty employers you hear about in the pandemic, forcing workers to work with COVID, are these here in the US. The meatpackers, the warehousing, the goods delivery people etc. Sure that happens in China, or Brazil or Poland. But I have not seen anything published in the international media that BHP or Rio Tinto are experiencing such dire staffing shortages in their mining communities to such a scale that they shut down. That's not because people aren't dying of COVID, but because there is enough workforce to replace a dead or sick worker, and many work while sick because the mine is the only source of income.
And then when it comes to the actual manufacturing, in Asia, most of these countries have struct quarantine rules. Not like Chicago "You must quarantine of you come in the City from Kentucky". In US, how many cases of government enforced and supervised quarantine have you heard of? Go to Taiwan or Australia or Singapore, you are escorted off the plane to a hotel, and told to stay there (with police supervision) 2 weeks, every day you get a tray of food. You stay in the damn hotel for two weeks. China closes entire towns or neighborhoods if someone sneezes due to allergies. I am not saying that is democratic, or that I am in agreement - I am saying this is what they do out there to keep COVID-19 out of the community which ultimately translates in factories being able to work at rather high capacity.