The global microchip shortage has once again put a stop to Stellantis output in Ontario.
The automaker said Friday it will halt production on July 12 at its plants in Windsor and Brampton.
Windsor Assembly Plant builds the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler Grand Caravan for the Canadian market and the Chrysler Voyager for the U.S. market.
The Dodge Charger and Challenger, along with the Chrysler 300, are assembled in Brampton.
“Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry,” the company said in a statement.
Brampton Assembly Plant will also be idle during the weeks of July 19 and 26 due to the regularly schedule summer shutdown.
Windsor Assembly Plant’s summer shutdown will happen during the weeks of Aug. 16 and 23.
Canadian sales of the Pacifica were up 128 per cent to 893 during the second quarter and up 118 per cent to 2,327 during the first six months of the year. Second-quarter Grand Caravan sales were down 40 per cent to 2,347 and down 53 per cent to 5,743 during the first six months of year.
The 634 Challenger sales in the quarter represented an 85-per-cent increase. They’re up 68 per cent to 1,051 in the first half of 2021. Charger sales rose 401 per cent in the quarter, up to 662. They’re up 105 per cent in the first half, totalling 1,295
Meanwhile, 300 sales were up 225 per cent to 260 in the quarter and up 80 per cent to 505 in the first six months.
Stellantis says about 3,500 build the cars on two shifts in Brampton. The company says roughly 4,500 people work on two shifts in Windsor.
Worldwide, automakers could eventually see 6.1 million vehicles lost because of the supply crisis, according to AutoForecast Solutions’ latest weekly survey.