Cadillac CT4 and CT5 Lose Some Cool Features

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Super Cruise and heated seats are axed for now.

The global semiconductor chip shortage strikes again. This time its victims are the 2022 Cadillac CT4 and CT5. It seems GM's agreement to partner with various chip suppliers has not paid off yet.

Both cars will no longer be available with the Super Cruise driver assistance system. It seems this won't be the norm for too long, as it will be added to the order books again by early next year if all goes well.

Cadillac sedans are not the only models affected by the shortage. The XT4, XT5, and XT6 all lost their park assist feature. The Escalade was sold without Super Cruise for a few months, but Cadillac put it back in early December.

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It's a pity Caddy decided to drop this feature, as Super Cruise recently gained the ability to be activated while towing.

For GM, it's the lesser of two evils. It either stops producing vehicles altogether or drops some of the lesser-used features in its cars. GM also dropped the heated and ventilated seat options from popular models like the Chevrolet Blazer, Silverado, and Traverse. On the plus side, buyers are financially compensated for whatever feature they lose out on.

It does seem odd that GM would remove a safety feature like Super Cruise and a comfort feature like heated seats. Customers don't seem to mind all that much, looking at the consistent sales figures.

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GM is investigating retrofitting in the future when chips are more readily available. Unfortunately, this chip shortage is not going away anytime soon.

GlobalFoundries, a local chipmaker, doubled its production this year and spent $6 billion to increase capacity. Even so, it reckons we'll only see the shortage end in 2023.

Taiwanese giant, Foxconn, is also ramping up chips production aimed directly at the automotive segment. It signed a non-binding agreement with Stellantis to provide chips for its wide variety of models.

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