Chip shortage forces carmakers to leave out some high-end features

A worker sprays Renault Arkana coupe sport utility vehicle body shells in the paint shop inside the Renault SA automobile plant in Moscow. Foto: Bloomberg/Andrey Rudakov

When automakers were first hit with chip shortages at the end of last year, they tried idling factories until the troubles blew over. But with the crisis stretching into its fifth month and getting worse, they're getting creative to keep at least some production moving forward.

Nissan is leaving navigation systems out of thousands of vehicles that typically would have them because of the shortages. Ram no longer offers its 1500 pickups with a standard "intelligent" rearview mirror that monitors for blind spots. Renault has stopped offering an oversized digital screen behind the steering wheel on its Arkana SUV - also to save on chips...

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