Pacificas come back, Compass and Cherokee go down

In the never-ending saga of “do we have chips?,” the latest news is Jeep idling the Cherokee and Compass plants in the US and Mexico, respectively, during the week of July 5; but Pacificas will roll off the line again, for a while.

Chip-maker TMSC has said that it will prioritize the two As, Apple and automakers, as much as it can. Apple is a major customer, and automakers likely have the largest economic impact of the company’s other customers. Automakers pull from a fairly wide variety of semiconductor companies around the world, using both state of the art and older but well-proven components.

David Zatz started what was to become the world’s biggest, most comprehensive Mopar site in 1994 as he pursued a career in organizational research and change. After a chemo-induced break, during which he wrote car books covering Vipers, minivans, and Jeeps, he returned with some friends to create StellPower.com, which is intended to end up as an enduring partnership. Contact him at (973) 925-6058 or check out the new junkyard/slant six book he edited.

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