Semiconductor chip becomes a problem, Maruti cars may have a long wait for delivery


MSI said the company's production volume in September 2021 was affected due to a shortage of electronic components. Last month's total passenger vehicle unit production stood at 77782 units as against 161668 in September 2020.

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has seen a massive 51 percent drop in production last month due to a shortage of semiconductor chips. In a regulatory filing, auto major Maruti said 81,278 units were produced in September 2020. In the same period last year, 1,66,086 units were produced.

MSI said that "the company's production volume in September 2021 was affected due to shortage of electronic components, with the total passenger vehicle unit production last month at 77,782 units as against 1,61,668 in September 2020. While Alto and S- Production of Preso mini cars stood at 17,163 units last month as against 30,492 units a year ago. Similarly, the manufacturing of compact cars including WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno, and DZire declined to 29,272 units from 90,924 units. 

Along with this, the company said that the production of Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza, and XL6 declined to 21,873 units last month as against 26,648 units in the same month of 2020. The company reported a decline in production of its Eeco van to 8,025 units last month as compared to 11,183 units in September 2020. MSI said production of its light commercial vehicle Super Carry last month stood at 3,496 units as against 4,418 units in the year-ago month.

Earlier, MSI had reported an 8 percent decline in total production in August at 1,13,937 units on a year-on-year basis. On August 31, the auto major had announced that it expected total vehicle production in September at its plants in Haryana and Gujarat to be just 40 percent of normal production due to semiconductor shortages. In addition, the company has a production capacity of about 15 lakh units per annum at its Gurgaon and Manesar plants in Haryana.