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Sep 17, 2021

On September 1, Toyota do Brasil began selling its Corolla sedan with a new multimedia center.
The semiconductor crisis has led Toyota to replace the original 8-inch screen with larger, 10-inch one, which does not have the Apple CarPlay and Google Auto systems, nor the physical buttons as in the factory model.
The 10-inch screen is supplied by a domestic Brazilian company approved as a supplier for a few months.
Toyota explained that the installation of the new component is done through the dealer network.
A customer is given two options: keep the vehicle without the factory multimedia system and wait for the original screen to return to the market or install, free of charge, the new 10-inch screen.
Toyota says that the measure is not definitive and will last until restoration of the previous screen in its inventories at the Indaiatuba plant where the Corolla is assembled.
Multimedia configurations of the new Corolla Cross, built at the Sorocaba plant, will remain unchanged.
Toyota’s competitor Volkswagen, meanwhile, has eliminated the multimedia center that has equipped the Fox and entry-level versions of the Polo, Virtus and Nivus since their launches.
(multiple sources on September 14, 2021)

Sep 14, 2021

On September 10, Volkswagen requested collective vacations of ten days for employees of the first and second shifts at the Sao Bernardo do Campo plant, where the Polo, Virtus, Nivus and Saveiro models are built.
Besides a shortage of semiconductors, the plant is also experiencing a shortage of steering racks that equip the models produced at the factory, with some vehicles being assembled without the component, according to one source.
Vacations for the 3,000 employees affected will last for 10 days beginning on September 27.
VW has also extended the downtime of the Taubate plant, where its 2,000 employees were supposed to return to operations on September 13, but will now return on September 16.
The Taubate plant builds the Gol and Voyage models.
Vehicle production remains normal at the Sao Jose dos Pinhais plant, where it produces the T-Cross SUV, and the Sao Carlos engine and transmission plant.
September’s stoppage will be the Sao Bernardo do Campo plant’s third one in 2021.
Production stopped for 10 days in June and 20 days in July, which only involved only one shift.
(multiple sources on September 10, 2021)

Sep 07, 2021

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on September 6, UK passenger car sales decreased 22.0% to 68,033 units in August 2021.
Year-to-date sales increased 20.3% with 1,101,302 cars registered in the first eight months of 2021.
August sales for Volkswagen decreased 20.5% to 6,989 units (10.3% market share), Audi sales decreased 5.9% to 5,756 units (8.5% share), while Ford sales decreased 52.0% to 5,205 units (7.7% share).
Toyota sales increased 17.8% to 4,872 units (7.2% share) and BMW sales decreased 17.4% to 4,427 units (6.5% share).
Of the five most popular vehicles in August, 1,801 Ford Pumas; 1,761 VW Polos; 1,480 Toyota Yarises; 1,355 Kia Sportages; and 1,277 BMW 3 Seriesess were sold.
Compared to last August, gasoline-engine car sales decreased by 40.4% to 29,451 units (43.3% share), diesel-engine car sales decreased 64.5% to 5,077 units (7.5% share), and alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) sales increased 42.2% to 33,505 units (49.2% share).
In August, private car sales decreased 15.2% to 33,771 units (49.6% share), fleet sales decreased 27.5% to 33,315 units (49.0% share), and sales to businesses decreased 34.7% to 947 units (1.4% share).
Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons increased 6.1% this August to 20,582 units.
Sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons decreased 1.0% to 392 units in August.
Sales of taxis increased 80.0% to 63 units in August.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT said "While August is normally one of the quietest months for UK new car registrations these figures are still disappointing, albeit not wholly surprising. The global shortage of semiconductors has affected UK, and indeed global, car production volumes so new car registrations will inevitably be undermined. Government can help by continuing the supportive Covid measures in place currently, especially the furlough scheme which has proven invaluable to so many businesses. As we enter the important September plate-change month with an ever-increasing range of electrified models and attractive deals, buyers in the market for the new 71 plate can be reassured manufacturers are doing all they can to ensure prompt deliveries."
(SMMT press releases from September 6, 2021) 1 / 2

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