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Hot Button Issue: GM to build certain models without start-stop feature due to microchip shortage

Detroit, Michigan Due to the global microchip shortage, General Motors (GM) has decided to build some 2021 full size pickups and SUVs without the feature that turns off the engine when the vehicle is stopped at an intersection.

The semiconductor chip shortage has greatly impacted the auto manufacturer, so instead of halting production altogether, GM decided to continue producing their most profitable and in-demand vehicles without the stop-start fuel-saving feature. In a statement made by GM, they said that only vehicles made on or after June 7 would be impacted and that it’s important the company provides their most coveted vehicles to buyers. 

“By taking this measure, it will enable us to continue production of our high-demand full-size SUV and pickups as the industry continues to rebound and strengthen.” 

The models that will not have the start-stop feature include the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV and SUVs. Some light-duty pickups that won’t have the feature are the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. 

Buyers of the affected vehicles will receive a $50 credit on the sticker price, and unfortunately, the stop-start feature will not be able to be installed after the fact. 

Kevin Kelly, GM’s spokesman, says that it is unfortunate to not be able to provide the fuel-saving feature at this time, but once it does become available they will begin production with the stop-start feature.  

“We intend to add stop-start back to these vehicles as soon as possible,” said Kelly (SOURCE Automotive News)

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