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March 26, 2021
The 12-Year-Old Ram 1500 Classic Has Met Its Biggest Challenge Yet—the Chip Shortage

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’re almost certainly aware that the world is enduring a semiconductor shortage. It seems to be affecting just about every major consumer electronics manufacturer and automaker on the planet (except for Toyota). Ford and GM have been dealt their respective blows, and now, it’s coming for Stellantis.

One of the latest models affected by the electronics shortage is the Ram 1500 Classic, which was introduced for the 2009 model year and continues to be sold alongside new Ram 1500 “DT” trucks. As first reported by Reuters, the majority of these picups being produced are now on hold from being shipped to dealers until key components are more readily available.

via Stellantis

Production lines for the Ram 1500 Classic will remain in operation, cranking out pickups as fast as the folks at Warren Truck Assembly in Michigan and Saltillo Truck Assembly in Mexico can build them. However, the trucks will reportedly leave the line unfinished, waiting for the parts held due to the chip shortage. The partially-complete half-tons will wait at the plant until the parts become available, at which point they will finally be buttoned-up and shipped to dealers.

At this time, it isn’t immediately clear how many Ram 1500 Classics will be held at these production facilities. Stellantis had previously indicated that the shortage’s effect on the company’s financials would be a “big unknown,” while CEO Carlos Tavares mentioned he was “not so sure” if it would be remedied at any point this year. Other automakers, such as GM, have pointed towards a resolution during the second half of 2021.

The Drive reached out to Stellantis regarding specifics of the shipment stoppage and will update when we hear back.

It appears that Ram isn’t the only Stellantis brand hit hard by the supply bottleneck. A post by Unifor Local 444’s Facebook page on Thursday signaled that the Windsor Assembly Plant, which produces the Chrysler Pacifica, is rumored to shut down for “the next four weeks” beginning on Monday, March 29. Likewise, the Detroit Free Press reports that the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois, which builds the Jeep Cherokee, is undergoing a three-week idle beginning at the same time.

This behavior might seem odd, but other manufactures like Ford are taking a similar approach. It ensures that vehicles are still being produced while minimizing downtime once stock returns to normal.

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