Automotive Chip Shortage Update

Automotive Chip Shortage Update

Why does there seem to be even less new vehicle inventory now?  What’s going on?

August 27, 2021:  Well, it seems many automotive manufacturers get their microchips from Malaysia.   And right now Malaysia is getting hit very hard with Covid.  GM is sending vaccines etc. and doing everything they can to help get them back to work.  But in the meantime,  nearly all vehicles produced are being affected by the shortage of microchips.  So, it is difficult to predict exact dates when vehicles will be back in stock as the situation is changing hourly.

Please visit our showroom or call our Customer Care Team at 1-630-898-9630 for the latest inventory updates.  Our website doesn’t always show the most recent arrivals and you don’t want to miss out!

Where is Malaysia you ask? 

Malaysia Petronas towers and automotive chip shortage update
Malaysia Petronas Towers
  • Malaysia is located in southeastern Asia. The country has two regions: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. They are separated by the South China Sea. On the island of Borneo, East Malaysia is bordered by Brunei to the north and Indonesia to the south.
  • Hey, isn’t the Sultan of Brunei the richest royal in the world? Nope, not anymore – see below. 
  • Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn came out at No 1 above the long-time richest royal, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, with Morocco's King Mohammed VI rounding out the top 5 richest monarchs in the world.

Malaysia’s main exports are: electrical and electronics products (36 percent), chemicals (7.1 percent), petroleum products (7.0 percent), liquefied natural gas (6 percent), and palm oil (5.1 percent).

Primary production remains important: the country is a major producer of rubber and palm oil, exports considerable quantities of petroleum and natural gas, and is one of the world’s largest sources of commercial hardwoods.

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2022 Chevy Camaro Configurator is Open for Business

2022 Chevy Camaro available

General Motors has launched the online configurator tool for the 2022 Chevy Camaro, allowing interested Chevy fans to create their own unique take on the sports coupe.

Like other GM configurators, the one for the 2022 Chevy Camaro lets users pick from either the Coupe or Convertible body styles and to choose their preferred trim level. The trim levels for the 2022 Chevy Camaro carry over from the 2021 model and include 1LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS and ZL1. Users can also pick their preferred exterior and interior colors, packages and options.

We played around with the new Camaro configurator to show what kind of custom creations Chevy fans can make with it. Our example car is 1SS Coupe finished in the new-for-2022 Rapid Blue exterior color and with Medium Ash Gray interior upholstery. We also selected the pricy $4,095 Black Accent Exterior Package, which adds a satin black painted front splitter and side rockers, along with 20-inch split-spoke Satin Black wheels. Other options on our example car include black wheel nuts and locks, the sway bar upgrade kit, lowering suspension upgrade system, Chevrolet Performance Brembo brake system with red calipers, White Pearl body side spear stripes and White Pearl hood stripes.


This well-equipped Camaro would run buyers $56,920, including a $42,500 base price, $4,420 in selected packages, $7,815 in selected options and a $1,195 destination freight charge.2022 Camaro available rear view

GM applied some minor changes to the Chevy Camaro order book for the 2022 model year. For starters, the 1LE track package is no longer available to order on LT models, while the beige Kalahari interior color has also been removed. The coupe has also done away with the Shock and Crush exterior colors, which have been indirectly replaced by Rapid Blue and Vivid Orange, as well as the 20-inch ‘Caliente’ wheel option. The Camaro Shock and Steel and Redline Edition packages return for 2022 and are joined by a new Design Package 3 equipment pack that includes 20-inch polished wheels, silver camaro logos, a black Camaro fender badge and Black sueded interior knee pads.

Check out the configurator at this link to create your own 2022 Chevy Camaro. The vehicle entered production at the GM Lansing Grand River Assembly plant earlier this month.

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Chevrolet silverado 1500 order update

Chevrolet silverado 1500 order update

Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse
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Updated Date: Jul 22, 2021 10:30 ET

 Chevrolet and Buick/GMC Dealers:

As promised, we want to continue to keep you in the loop regarding the global, industry-wide shortage of semiconductors.  Due to these shortages, we are announcing the following change to certain light- and heavy-duty full-size pickup trucks:

Heated Second Row Seats:

The Heated Second Row Seats feature will no longer be available on certain 2021 model year:

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500

And certain 2022 model year:

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTD
  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD
  • GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
  • GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD

This takes effect starting with vehicles produced on or after July 26, 2021.  By taking this measure, it will enable continued production and delivery of inventory to help respond to the strong customer and dealer demand for our light and heavy-duty pickups as the industry continues to rebound and strengthen.

For orders with a scheduled production date on or after July 26, 2021, GM will build certain light and heavy-duty pickups without the RPO code KA6 – Heated Second Row Outboard Seats and replace with RPO code RFU (for certain 2021 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500) and RGJ (for certain 2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD) – Not Equipped with Heated Second Row Outboard Seats (refer to the table below for trim details and check updated Order Guides, which will go live July 23, 2021). These RPO codes will be reflected on the Dealer Invoice along with an associated $200 MSRP credit, except for certain 2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTD and GMC Sierra 1500 Limited.  The Monroney label will include this credit and indicate that the vehicle was built without the Heated Second Row Seat feature.  Chevrolet and GMC are updating all consumer and dealer facing materials as appropriate.


The dealer has the responsibility to and must advise affected sold order customers immediately. In addition, dealers are strongly urged to counsel directly with all customers who purchase affected vehicles to ensure each customer understands its vehicle content.  This change to the availability of Heated Second Row Seats is currently expected to remain in place for the remainder of the 2021 model year for light-duty pickups and a significant portion of the 2022 model year light- and heavy-duty pickups.  A listing of affected trims is listed below and is subject to change by General Motors:

LTZ, High Country
 2021 GMC SIERRA 1500
SLT, AT4, Denali
LTZ, High Country
LTZ, High Country
2022 GMC SIERRA 1500 Limited
SLT, AT4, Denali
 2022 GMC SIERRA 2500/3500 HD
SLT, AT4, Denali



UPDATE: We also wanted to provide you with an update on a previous GlobalConnect message we issued on July 2, 2021, related to the Wireless Phone Charging feature available on certain 2022 model year Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse vehicles.  We previously stated that Wireless Phone Charging would no longer be available on these vehicles starting with production on August 2, 2021.  This adjustment will no longer take effect as planned.

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GM invests in fort wayne assembly

General Motors will invest $55 million in its Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana to support the continued production of the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks.

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New Chevy Silverado in stock at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL

The Detroit News secured an internal memo sent out this week by the plant’s executive director, Gary Duff, which indicated the investment will go towards new tooling and equipment at the 4.6 million-square-foot facility.

Are you looking for a new Chevy Silverado?  Visit our website now.  Or, call our Customer Care Team at 1-630-898-9630 to find out when our next shipment arrives.

“This investment into state-of-the-art equipment will further enhance manufacturing as a competitive advantage for GM and provide the tools and technology for our workforce to continue to deliver high quality vehicles to our customers,” Duff said in the memo. “This investment supports the company’s growth strategy of truck and SUV dominance.”

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New Chevy Silverado side shot in stock now at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL

GM announced earlier this year that it would invest $1.3 billion CAD in its Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario in order to begin production of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra at the Canadian site. Unlike Fort Wayne Assembly, which only builds the light duty variants of the Silverado and Sierra, the Oshawa plant will build both light and heavy duty trucks. GM currently builds heavy-duty trucks at the Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, which will remain operational after light and heavy duty truck production starts at Oshawa in early 2022.

Between the upgrades at Fort Wayne Assembly and the start of truck production at Oshawa Assembly, GM is poised to significantly boost its full-size truck output in the coming years. At the time of the Oshawa announcement, GM noted that pickups are its “largest and most important market segment in Canada and across the continent,” and said the profit-heavy vehicles will” also help GM fund our transition to the electric, autonomous and highly connected future we see ahead.”

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