The semiconductor chip shortage is a problem that, unfortunately, simply refuses to end. Over the past couple of months, many carmakers have had to resort to making significant changes in their variants to keep up with the shortage.
After causing issues and disrupting everything from manufacturing to sales, the deficit has now claimed Skoda’s dashboard equipment. Skoda has announced that this month onwards, two variants of both Kushaq and Slavia will get an 8-inch touchscreen as opposed to the previous 10-inch screen. The Monte Carlo variant, however, will continue with the 10-inch counterpart.
“In light of the continued semiconductor shortage, we have made some minor updates to the equipment in our India 2.0 cars w.e.f. 1st June onwards, so that our customers face no undue delays in taking delivery of their Skoda. Customers will be appraised of the feature updates by their dealers.”
With effect from June, both Ambition and Style variants of both the Skoda cars will house an 8-inch Panasonic touchscreen and infotainment system. They will also get rid of features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Skoda Play app will also be missing, as will the “touch-only” features. In their stead, knobs will be available.
This is the second measure Skoda has undertaken to counter the chip shortage. Prior to this announcement, Skoda had also revealed that Kushaq variants Active Peace and Ambition Classic will come with lesser equipment, and miss certain features, including the infotainment unit and the climate control panel.