The chips shortage seems omnipresent in the industry currently. A very big talking point. Visibility is a little hard to gauge right now, especially as we are in the traditional factory annual downtime period for many manufacturers and demand is still nowhere near pre-Covid levels in most markets. However, the wide range of companies being impacted tells the story on global impact.

Ford to cut F-150 production due to chips shortage

Mazda, Daihatsu announce further output cuts due to chip shortage

And the US Vice President has been involved: GlobalFoundries meets US VP for semiconductors talks

Bit of a surprise, this: US approves Huawei licenses to buy auto chips – report

The UK’s level of car production continues to languish due to the chips shortage and other factors.

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UK car production plummets in July

We can always cheer ourselves up by looking at new product coming to auto shows. The Chery QQ Ice Cream made me smile.

Chengdu motor show debuts – Chery QQ Ice Cream

Munich IAA is getting closer.

Munich IAA – Cupra concept world debut

Hyundai Mobis will be there for the first time: Hyundai Mobis to showcase AI-controlled concept car at IAA

Still on motor shows, Geneva’s organisers have struck a deal in Qatar.

Geneva Show organisers do Qatar deal

There have been a lot of deals and JV announcements lately. This one is a biggie: Stellantis will be working with Foxconn on interiors.

FIH and Stellantis team on Mobile Drive cockpit JV

I’m always up for a road trip and Ford is gently letting us know that the Mustang Mach-E is just the car for the long trip to the beach.

FRIDAY STORY – What the Mustang Mach-E ‘frunk’ was really made for

We’ll be off on Monday as it’s the late Summer holiday in the UK. We get a long weekend to ponder the joys of long road trips to the beach across Europe in an electric ‘Stang or Chery QQ Ice Cream. Or maybe a McLaren, with a Rocks-e to handle the last mile and carry the deckchairs and a packed lunch?

Have a nice weekend.

Dave Leggett, Editor, Just Auto