Jaguar Land Rover pauses production of its Defender because of worldwide shortage of microchips
Jaguar Land Rover has paused production of its Defender because of the worldwide shortage of microchips.
Work has been stopped at its factory in Slovakia, where it makes 150,000 of the off-roaders a year.
Cars have become increasingly dependent on chips for everything from digital displays to engine management.
Shutdown: Work has been stopped at Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Slovakia, where it makes 150,000 of the Defenders a year
Manufacturers in all industries have been affected by the shortage, which pre-dated the pandemic.
Car makers shut their plants during lockdowns, prompting chip makers to switch production to more profitable processors for consumer electronics.
When car factories reopened earlier than expected, there were far fewer chips available than needed.
Jaguar Land Rover has already curbed production at its Halewood factory in the past few weeks.