Pak Suzuki has suspended the bookings of Alto 660cc hatchback with immediate effect. The dealerships aren’t accepting bookings citing ‘semi conductor chip shortage’ as the reason behind the halt in production.
The company has already stopped bookings of its second bestselling hatchback, the Cultus for more than a month already due to similar reasons. There is no information on when the bookings will resume as it purely depends on the availability of vital components such as semi conductors which are sourced from abroad.
Pakistan has also started to feel the effect of global chip shortage as the consumers are facing difficulties getting their hands on brand new vehicles since automakers are unable to provide timely deliveries due to chip shortage & supply chain issues. Many auto companies (in Pakistan) have already halted bookings of most of their models due to the semi-conductor shortage.
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According to analysts, the chip crisis might last until 2023. The coronavirus pandemic caused a boom in consumer demand for electronic devices, but it is the auto sector that has been hit worst by a lack of chips critical for many systems in modern cars, and many automakers have been forced to temporarily halt production lines.
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