The global semiconductor chip shortage could create a steamy summer for the auto industry.
As automakers cope with the supply chain crisis, production interruptions may overlap with normal summer factory shutdowns and model changes.
AutoForecast Solutions estimates that the North American industry could lose more than 340,000 scheduled vehicles over the next two months.
The summer's scheduled shutdowns will mean a lost opportunity to make up for missed production to date, Sam Fiorani told Automotive News.
"Plant closures in July and beyond virtually eliminate the ability for manufacturers to make up any of the lost volumes this year," Fiorani said.