Pak Suzuki has temporarily suspended bookings of the second bestselling car in its lineup– the 1.0L Cultus (Celerio) hatchback. Several Suzuki authorized dealerships across various cities have confirmed that they have been directed to stop new bookings until further notice. According to a Suzuki dealer:
“Main reason is the chip shortage. We haven’t taken any new booking for the Cultus for around a month.”
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.
It is yet to be known when Pak Suzuki will resume the bookings of Cultus however according to analysts, the crisis might last until 2023. The coronavirus pandemic has 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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