The ongoing chip shortage is causing a lot of problems for the automotive industry. Experts estimate the chip shortage will affect 2023 and even 2024. Till then, automakers’ struggle will continue in sourcing stocks. Hyundai is also one of the many companies affected by the chip shortage.
Hyundai’s Solution To The Chip Shortage Crisis
Now, we know Hyundai cars are always in demand. Hence, the company wants to mitigate its issue of chip shortage to avoid longer wait times or deletion of features. To do this, Hyundai is going on a route that is unlikely to affect the ownership experience. According to sources, Hyundai is currently dispatching only one smart key with select models. The other key being sent is a standard key without any electronics.
This change affects a number of products from Hyundai’s lineup. These include – the Creta, Alcazar, i20 and i20 N Line. The change affects all the variants of the i20 N Line and Alcazar. However, in the case of the Creta, it affects the S variant and the ones above it. At the same time, it will only affect Asta and above variants in the case of the i20.
However, it is important to note that this is a temporary move on Hyundai’s part. The sources suggest that Hyundai will send a second smart key to the customers after the situation improves. The dealers say the company will send the second smart key after 6 months. However, the company will first send the key to the dealers. The dealership will then visit the customer to program the key to the car and then hand it over. Alternatively, the customer can drop by the authorised service centre, get the key programming done and take the second smart key.