The chip shortage strikes again.
As GM shifts to a greener future, the manufacturing giant continues to face the same challenges as the rest of the automotive industry. Last month GM said that it would be halting production of the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine due to a temporary part shortage, and in June the company announced that vehicles such as the Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade would no longer be offered with the Electronic Steering Column Lock feature due to the ongoing chip shortage. The latest feature to fall victim to the chip shortage is Cadillac's Super Cruise system which will temporarily be cut from the 2022 Cadillac Escalade's options list.
A Cadillac representative confirmed to Motor1 that the chip shortage was to blame for the stoppage: "Super Cruise is an important feature for the Cadillac Escalade program. Although it's temporarily unavailable at the start of regular production due to the industry-wide shortage of semiconductors, we're confident in our team's ability to find creative solutions to mitigate the supply chain situation and resume offering the feature for our customers as soon as possible."
This means that there are virtually no GM products offered with the semi-autonomous driving feature, as the Chevrolet Bolt which is also offered with this technology is still bursting into flames, and production of its improved battery packs is only expected to roll out sometime in October.
The Cadillac Escalade is a big seller for GM, so completely halting production of the car would not make financial sense. The Super Cruise feature is promised to feature on the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, but only for the 2022 model year, and the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 promises the feature later in the summer of 2021, but it is unknown whether Cadillac actually has the chip supplies to deliver on this promise. The chip shortage continues to wreak havoc on the automotive industry, and has already caused massive financial damage, with no signs of a clear solution coming to fruition.