Chevy and Ford chip shortage

A Chevy truck is half assembled and sitting in front of an American flag in Flint, Michigan.Even a year after the pandemic started wreaking havoc on global supply chains, a chip shortage is still disrupting entire industries.

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This year, some of GM’s newest cars won’t have a critical feature — an advanced fuel management system that saves gas — because the company couldn’t get enough chips, the transistor-filled semiconductors that keep so many of the devices we use today running. After announcing in March that customers who buy the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups between now and the end of the summer will have a lower fuel economy, GM said Thursday that worsening supply chain issues have led to temporary closures of eight of its assembly plants, affecting about 10,000 workers.

GM isn’t the only automaker facing setbacks and even layoffs due to the shortage. In March, Ford said the chip shortage, along with weather conditions, left the company canceling shifts and building some vehicles without all their parts. HondaVolkswagen, and Toyota have similarly warned of supply issues or reduced production in recent months.

Meanwhile, the United States has struggled to bring in enough of everything — from much-needed N95 respirators and other personal protective equipment to bicycles to game consoles and laptops — since Covid-19 first arrived. The chip shortage has continued to hurt device makers, too. Samsung recently warned that it might skip the introduction of its popular Galaxy Note phone this year. It doesn’t help that other shortages, including a shortage of shipping containers, are also causing ripple effects in the supply chain.

But the chip shortage, specifically, points to particular weaknesses in the US high-tech manufacturing industry. In response to growing concerns about the chip shortage and its consequences, President Joe Biden signed an executive order in February starting a 100-day review of supply chains for critical products, with a particular focus on advanced technology components, also fulfilling one of his campaign promises.

Biden’s review won’t just look at the US supply of semiconductors. In the coming weeks, the administration will continue to review America’s manufacturing abilities for pharmaceuticals, high-capacity batteries, and rare-earth elements that are found in everything from lasers to electric vehicles. There’s also a broader, yearlong review of sectors ranging from food and energy to transportation. The ultimate goal, the president said in February, is “making sure the United States can meet every challenge we face in the new era.”

The review could be essential to helping the US economy recover and could better prepare the country for a future crisis. Even as millions of people get vaccinated against Covid-19 and the economy picks back up, supply chain disruptions linked to the chip shortage are proving particularly persistent. The impact of the chip shortage on US autoworkers alone prompted governors from eight states to urge Biden to take action in late February, and Sens. Marco Rubio and Chris Coons have asked Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to boost semiconductor supply.

“More than a warning, [the pandemic] was a data point for us that this can happen — and if it happens, look what it can do,” explains Seckin Ozkul, the founder and director of the Supply Chain Innovation Lab at the University of South Florida. “[When] a big disruption happens, how can you make sure that your supply chain is going to recover and not have major impacts as soon as possible?” Monday alone demonstrated how fragile the chip situation is. A fire at one automotive chipmaker’s factory in Japan sent stocks in Toyota, Nissan, and Honda down more than 3 percent.

But boosting US supplies of chips, or any other high-tech product, can’t happen overnight. Building new manufacturing facilities can be tricky, time-intensive, and expensive, and some previous government efforts to boost high-tech jobs in the US have failed. At the same time, recent decades have seen more and more of this manufacturing taking place outside the US, in part because it can be cheaper, easier, and more efficient to make these high-tech products abroad.

Now that the Biden administration has started down the difficult path of analyzing just how insecure America’s supply chain for these hard-to-manufacture components is, the companies affected by the shortage are trying to figure out what to do until a solution appears on the horizon. While this review alone won’t boost US high-tech manufacturing, the hope is to set the groundwork to secure US supply chains before another crisis hits.

2021 Chevy Trax offers a new color


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Assigned color code GUN and touch-up paint code WA-694D, Shadow Gray Metallic is one of three gray color options available for the 2021 Chevrolet Trax. The new hue is the darkest gray option with Silver Ice Metallic and Stone Gray Metallic being lighter.

The new Shadow Gray Metallic color is included in the base price of the 2021 Chevy Trax. It is available with all interior color combinations and trim levels. It is worth noting the Premier trim level was deleted for the 2021 model year, leaving only the LS and LT trim levels for the Trax. Additionally, the Jet Black with Brandy interior combination was deleted for the 2021 model year.

2021 Chevrolet Trax Trim Levels:

  • LS (1LS)
  • LT (1LT)

2021 Chevrolet Trax Interior Color Combinations:

  • Jet Black
  • Jet Black with Light Ash Gray

Launch Timeframe

As of this writing, the 2021 Chevy Trax can is at dealers, since the GM Bupyeong plant in Korea has been assembling and shipping the 2021 model to dealers for quite some time now, with the 2022 model set to enter production shortly. As such, models in the Shadow Gray Metallic exterior color are already on dealer lots. Availability varies by dealer, so check with yours for complete details.

New Chevy Traverse is on sale now at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

2021 Chevy Traverse in stock now at Ron Westphal Chevrolet
Ron Westphal Chevrolet stocks new and demo Chevy Traverse models

The new Chevy Traverse is consistently a best-seller.

We stock as many new Chevy Traverses as we can, but we are always running low with this model because it sells quickly.  This mid-size crossover is an excellent value and sells well without any large rebates or incentives.  But, this March GM is pulling out all the stops and adding some substantial cash-back on all new and demo 2021 Chevy Traverse models.  View out Traverse inventory HERE.

This is stock # N21440.  It is a 2021 FWD Chevy Traverse LS with a MSRP of $34,095.  Ron Westphal Chevrolet is offering a discount of $2,000.  Plus, you can expect a $2,000 Rebate or you may select 0% apr financing for up to 72 months.  In addition, if you (or a member of your household) current owns/leases a 2007 or newer GM car or light duty truck, you’ll qualify for another $1,000 in cash with GM’s Loyalty Incentive.  So that adds up to $5,000 in savings off the MSRP bringing the price to only $29,095 plus tax, license and fees.

The Chevrolet Traverse comes in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels and it’s available in front wheel drive or all wheel drive.  We have all models in stock at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.  We even have a selection of GM Certified pre-owned Traverse Crossovers in stock along with other makes/models of SUV’s.

2017 Chevy Traverse for only $16,888
Ron Westphal Chevy stocks used Chevy Traverse models

This 2017 Traverse is on sale now for only $16,888 plus tax, license and fees.  Search all used models HERE


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Full Size GM SUVs Recalled To Fix Damaged Third Row Seat Belts

GM SUVs Recalled The seat belts may have been routed improperly during the production process.

The problem: in affected GM SUVs, one or both of the third-row outboard seatbelts may have been inadvertently entrapped in or misrouted behind the outboard seat-folding mechanism. A seat belt in this condition may be damaged by the seat folding mechanism. This problem can be traced back the installation of the third-row seat at the factory.

The hazards: a damaged seat belt can break during a crash. This would increase the risk of injury to the occupant.

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Affected vehicles:

Owners should: owners of affected GM SUVs will be contacted by the automaker and instructed them to make an appointment with their dealer. Those owners who may be unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected by this recall can visit and type in their VIN to view any open recalls or other actions that may be active on their vehicle.


  • GM recall number: N202313000
  • Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
  • GMC Customer Service: 1-800-462-8782
  • Cadillac Customer Service: 1-877-248-2080
  • NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153

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How do I know if my car or truck has a recall?

How do I know if my car or truck has a recall?

Well, if you own a GM vehicle the answer is eazy peazy lemon squeezy.

Just visit and type in your vehicle’s Vin number.  Within seconds you’ll find out if your vehicle has been recalled and exactly what needs to be repaired.

Ron Westphal Chevrolet does not charge for recall repairs and you may even qualify for a loaner vehicle at no charge to you!  Don’t know if your car or truck has a recall?  Call our Service Department now at 630-898-9630 or visit us online.

Where’s my VIN?

Where is my Vin number?
Where is my Vin number?

Look on the lower left of your car’s windshield for your 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card, and it may be shown on your insurance card.

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GM tire recall

General Motors has issued another tire recall for select BuickCadillacChevrolet and GMC models that may have been delivered with defective tires.

equinox picThe problem: vehicles involved in this tire recall campaign were delivered with Continental brand tires that were overcured during the manufacturing process.

The hazards: Continental claims that overcured tires “may experience a carcass break in the sidewall with sudden air loss or could develop a belt edge separation which could lead to partial or full tread/belt loss.” A tire failure or sudden loss of air pressure could increase the risk of a crash.

The fix: dealers will inspect affected Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles and replace tires that have DOT number and production mold number combinations that reflect the defective units identified by Continental.

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Affected components: Continental brand tires.

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Save over $16,000 off MSRP on new 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Unprecedented savings are going on right now at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.  You can save over $16,000 off MSRP on new 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV but you better hurry.  We only have one left in stock!

New 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV
New 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Go farther than you think

From your weekday commute to weekend trips and all the places in between, Bolt EV is ready to take you wherever you want to go. This ride is an affordable all-electric vehicle that offers an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge. Plus, it offers advanced safety technologies, plenty of space and good looks on top of that. With Bolt EV, there’s nothing holding you back.

The pricing is plus tax, license and fees and would go toward a purchase only (not a lease).  The price also includes the GM Loyalty rebate.  To qualify you would need to own/lease a 2007 or newer GM car or light duty truck.  Visit our showroom or call our Customer Care Team at 630-8968-9630 for details.

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We have more Chevy Malibu Sedans in stock

C’mon down and check out these awesome Chevy Malibu Sedans!

Posted by Ron Westphal Chevy on Monday, March 1, 2021

The Chevrolet Malibu is a spacious option for folks that want a car with a sporty look paired with a luxurious ride.

Spoil yourself. And your passengers.

Sophisticated at first glance, Malibu opens up to a thoughtful interior designed to comfort and impress. With impeccable ride and handling, plus it offers technology that keeps you connected, Malibu means a nice trip for every single passenger.

Artfully crafted seats and chrome satin accents give the interior a feeling of elegance. An available 8-way power driver seat lets you optimize your comfort. It’s quiet too, with triple-sealed doors and an available acoustic-laminated windshield that helps drown out noise.

We have plenty in stock to choose from – brand new, demo and GM Certified!  Call us now at 630-898-9630 or visit us online anytime for details.

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Collectible Chevy Impalas

The Chevy Impala has long been one of America’s favorite Bow Ties, and for good reason. It was introduced in 1958 as a prestige vehicle, the pinnacle of the Bel Air coupes and convertibles. Millions of Impalas were sold over its lifetime. Some of those were very rare, some had amazing performance, and some had extraordinary technological advancements. This is in no way a list of all the collectible Impalas, but a handful of remarkable offerings.

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1958 Chevy Impala Rochester Ram Jet Fuel Injection

The Chevy Impala bowed in 1958 as part of the Bel Air line-up. The 1958 model-year offerings were built on a new X-frame that allowed the cars to be longer, lower, and wider. The Impala was Chevrolet‘s top-of-the-line full-size offering. It was offered with a Blue Flame inline-six for those who wished for style on a budget.

The V8s were the way to go if power was what you were after. You could have a Turbo Thrust 348 cubic-inch W-Series V8 making up to 315 horsepower depending upon carburetion, or you could get something a bit more exotic with the 283 cubic-inch Small Block topped with Rochester’s Ramjet Fuel Injection. This combo yielded 290 horsepower. Fuel injection’s advantage was its ability to equally distribute the fuel-air mixture to all cylinders. The downside was the price; the 283 Fuelie was $484 versus $162 for the high-horsepower 348 with three deuces. Exact production numbers aren’t available, but very few 1958 Impala Fuelies were produced. Hagerty Price Guide #1 condition value for Fuelie Coupes is $84,300, and for Fuelie Convertibles it is $146,000.

1961 Chevy Impala SS 409

The Super Sport (SS) package was added as a mid-year option for the Chevy Impala. It was available on all Impala body styles, and consisted of Super Sport trim inside and out, chassis reinforcements, power steering, power brakes, special sintered metallic brake linings, stronger springs and shocks, and better tires on station wagon wheels.

Engine choices included three 348 engines, each with a single four-barrel carb, producing from 305 up to 340 horsepower, and one 348 with three two-barrel carbs making 350 horsepower. But the one to have was the 409. Known as the Turbo Fire 409, it was a 348 that had been bored and stroked. It was rated at 360 horses with a single four-barrel carburetor. The 409 boasted an aluminum intake, Carter carb, a solid-lifter cam, and an 11.25 to 1 compression ratio. Only 456 Chevy Impalas were ordered with the SS package in 1961, and just 142 of those left the factory with the 409. NADA Classic rates high value on a 1961 Chevy Impala SS 409 with four-speed manual transmission at just over $185,000.

1963 Chevy Impala Z11 Lightweight

Just before GM announced a withdrawal from competition in 1963, Chevrolet the Z11 option was offered on the Chevy Impala. Regular Production Order (RPO) Z11 was a special competition package intended for drag racers and NASCAR. The package included a W-Series 427 cubic-inch V8 based on the 409, but with a longer stroke. The engine had a two-piece high-rise aluminum intake, dual four-barrel Carter AFB carbs, forged internals, a special cowl induction ‘cold air’ system, and 13.5:1 compression. It produced 430 horsepower and a staggering 575 pound-feet of torque.

Many of the Z11 Impala parts were built from weight-saving aluminum, including the hood, fenders, front and rear bumpers, brackets, braces, the grille filler panel, grille brackets, a two-piece fan shroud, and hood support catch. This resulted in a 300-pound weight savings. As the Z11 was built for competition, the option package eliminated the radio, front sway bar, heater, and sound deadener. There is some debate over total Z11 production, but the consensus is only 50 Z11 Chevy Impalas were ever built. Hagerty Price Guide #1 condition value is $432,000.

1969 Chevy Impala SS L72 427

The restyled 1969 model year marked the final year for the rear-wheel-drive Chevy Impala SS. Fenders had a bit of swell around wheel wells, taillights were now rectangular, and the rear bumper was thinner. A new grille was framed by dual deep-mounted headlights on either side. Vent windows were eliminated. Fewer than 2,500 copies of the 427 SS trim, designated RPO Z24, were built, all with 427 cubic-inch powerplants.

Redline tires, power front disc brakes, and heavy-duty suspension were all part of the package. Three different versions of the 427 were available, the LS1 427 that made 335 horsepower, the 390-horsepower L36 427, or the much more raucous 425-horsepower L72 427. A scant 546 of the L72 version were built for 1969, and then the Chevy Impala SS party was over. NADA Classic rates high value on a 1969 Chevy Impala L72 427 at just under $77,000.

1973 Chevy Impala Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS)

In the early 1970s, General Motors developed the Air Cushion Restraint System (RPO AR3), the first airbag system. It consisted of both a driver and a passenger side air bag, as well as a lap belt and status indicator light. The ACRS-equipped Chevy Impalas utilized an Oldsmobile-style instrument panel and a four-spoke steering wheel with a rectangular-shaped hub to house the airbags. This system was installed in one thousand Chevy Impala four-door sedans as a test fleet. All one thousand of the Chevy Impalas were painted the same shade of green-gold.

Many of the cars were used by both GM and the Federal government for crash testing. The system was durable, saving a number of front-seat passengers in front-end collisions. Almost all of the ACRS Impalas were eventually disposed of, save for a single example that was restored. The ACRS was subsequently offered in Oldsmobile, Buick, and Cadillac models for the 1974 model year, with similar results. Airbags wouldn’t be offered again on GM cars until the end of the 1980s.

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Chip shortage reduces GM vehicle production

Will your vehicle order get built due the the chip shortage?  The auto industry is grappling with a worldwide shortage in microchips at the moment, curtailing production as microchip supplies dwindle. Now, it’s estimated that nearly 60,000 GM vehicles have been cut from the North American production schedule as a result of the shortage.

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According to global automotive forecasting company AutoForecast Solutions, the chip shortage has resulted in production losses approximating some 56,600 GM vehicles, with at least six North American GM production facilities affected.

These include plants in Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky, Mexico, and Canada. The heaviest impacted facility is San Luis Potosi in Mexico, where an estimated 19,500 GM vehicles were reported to have been cut due to the chip shortage. The GM facility in Fairfax, Kansas has reportedly cut 14,800 units from the schedule, while the facility in Ingersoll, Ontario has cut a further 10,900 units.

Units have also been cut from the Bowling Green, Kentucky facility, the exclusive producer of the Chevrolet Corvette.

GM Vehicle Production Losses – North America
Facility Production Time Lost Estimated Units Lost Vehicles
Orion Township, Michigan 1 week in February 1,200 Chevrolet Bolt
Ramos Arizpe, Mexico 2 weeks in February 8,200 Chevrolet Blazer, Chevrolet Equinox
Bowling Green, Kentucky 2 weeks in February 2,000 Chevrolet Corvette
San Luis Potosi, Mexico February, March 19,500 Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Onix, GMC Terrain
Ingersoll, Ontario February, March 10,900 Chevrolet Equinox
Fairfax, Kansas February, March 14,800 Cadillac XT4, Chevrolet Malibu


“Semiconductor supply for the global auto industry remains fluid,” GM said in a statement earlier in February. “Our supply chain organization is working closely with our supply base to find solutions for our supplier’s semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM.”

In a statement last week, GM CEO Mary Barra said that the chip shortage would not affect production of GM’s highly profitable full-size SUV and pickup models.

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