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Heated Second Row Seats feature will no longer be available


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Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

 

 

July 22, 2021

 

Chevrolet and GMC Dealers:

 

As promised, we want to continue to keep you in the loop regarding the global, industry-wide shortage of semiconductors.  Due to these shortages, we are announcing the following change to certain light- and heavy-duty full-size pickup trucks:

 

Heated Second Row Seats:

The Heated Second Row Seats feature will no longer be available on certain 2021 model year:

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • GMC Sierra 1500

 

And certain 2022 model year:

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTD
  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD
  • GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
  • GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD

 

This takes effect starting with vehicles produced on or after July 26, 2021.  By taking this measure, it will enable continued production and delivery of inventory to help respond to the strong customer and dealer demand for our light and heavy-duty pickups as the industry continues to rebound and strengthen.

 

For orders with a scheduled production date on or after July 26, 2021, GM will build certain light and heavy-duty pickups without the RPO code KA6 – Heated Second Row Outboard Seats and replace with RPO code RFU (for certain 2021 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500) and RGJ (for certain 2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD) – Not Equipped with Heated Second Row Outboard Seats (refer to the table below for trim details and check updated Order Guides, which will go live July 23, 2021). These RPO codes will be reflected on the Dealer Invoice along with an associated $200 MSRP credit, except for certain 2022 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTD and GMC Sierra 1500 Limited.  The Monroney label will include this credit and indicate that the vehicle was built without the Heated Second Row Seat feature.  Chevrolet and GMC are updating all consumer and dealer facing materials as appropriate.

 

The dealer has the responsibility to and must advise affected sold order customers immediately. In addition, dealers are strongly urged to counsel directly with all customers who purchase affected vehicles to ensure each customer understands its vehicle content.  This change to the availability of Heated Second Row Seats is currently expected to remain in place for the remainder of the 2021 model year for light-duty pickups and a significant portion of the 2022 model year light- and heavy-duty pickups.  A listing of affected trims is listed below and is subject to change by General Motors:

 

2021 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500
LTZ, High Country
 2021 GMC SIERRA 1500
SLT, AT4, Denali
2022 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 LTD
LTZ, High Country
 2022 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500/3500 HD
LTZ, High Country
2022 GMC SIERRA 1500 Limited
SLT, AT4, Denali
 2022 GMC SIERRA 2500/3500 HD
SLT, AT4, Denali
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So I take it there is one specific chip that turns on heated seats?  How many chips are in a vehicle?  Next they will get rid of  the  heated steering wheel option

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2 hours ago, f8l vnm said:

Is GM getting the hardest with regards to the chip issues vs Ford/Ram? 

No I think GM is hoarding all their chips for the upcoming Hummers. A lot easier to say Sierras and Silverados won't have certain features then the new Hummer that has been heavily waited upon. You don't see GM removing things like this from Acadias, corvettes or anything else for that matter

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Awesome, keep increasing the value of my 2019.
 

7 hours ago, f8l vnm said:

Is GM getting the hardest with regards to the chip issues vs Ford/Ram? 

 

Certainly seems that way. Ram has not deleted any features like this. But they did idle the factory last week due to shortages, so they aren’t perfect.

 

I’m sure a lot of it comes down to management of the supply chain. Toyota has done the best through this. They learned their lesson after the earthquake 10 years ago.

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16 hours ago, OnTheReel said:

Awesome, keep increasing the value of my 2019...

Not sure that's true.  For a lot of people, my truck's lack of cylinder deactivation and auto stop/start would be a plus :)

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On 7/22/2021 at 12:22 PM, luke1333 said:

No I think GM is hoarding all their chips for the upcoming Hummers. A lot easier to say Sierras and Silverados won't have certain features then the new Hummer that has been heavily waited upon. You don't see GM removing things like this from Acadias, corvettes or anything else for that matter

Actually, they have just completely shut down production for various periods for vehicles like the Traverse/Acadia, Equinox/Terrain, Camaro, Colorado, etc due to chip shortages. They need to keep trucks going, so eliminating some features allows them to do that.  The Equinox plant was shut down for nearly 2 mths earlier this spring, and is now closed again for a bit.  Colorado was the same; closed for nearly 2 mths.

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It can be easy to develop a perception that GM is getting hit the hardest, but the best selling vehicles in their lineups all bear a ton of similarity. They sell the most fullsize trucks and SUVs in the US, and those are the biggest profit centers for them. Therefore, they have to keep figuring out ways to get more and more of those babies out the doors of the plants. 

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28 minutes ago, econometrics said:

It can be easy to develop a perception that GM is getting hit the hardest, but the best selling vehicles in their lineups all bear a ton of similarity. They sell the most fullsize trucks and SUVs in the US, and those are the biggest profit centers for them. Therefore, they have to keep figuring out ways to get more and more of those babies out the doors of the plants. 

I Agree with you 100% , I'm just a little baffled that they are deleting features when Ford and Ram who are also getting hit with Chip shortages are not taking out any options? I get delays but taking out options I don't get, this is why i asked if GM was getting hit the hardest . But then again I'm also not at the share holder meetings rubbing elbows with rich people who want every penny possible.  

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19 minutes ago, f8l vnm said:

I Agree with you 100% , I'm just a little baffled that they are deleting features when Ford and Ram who are also getting hit with Chip shortages are not taking out any options? I get delays but taking out options I don't get, this is why i asked if GM was getting hit the hardest . But then again I'm also not at the share holder meetings rubbing elbows with rich people who want every penny possible.  

 

I wonder what delivery levels are for Ford and RAM right now? It seems to me that when I see these news stories of parked trucks, it's always Fords. Maybe GM is avoiding this by doing feature deletes... whereas Ford is just choosing to park trucks until they get chips? IDK. It all depends on the architecture of the vehicle systems, I reckon. 

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2 hours ago, econometrics said:

 

I wonder what delivery levels are for Ford and RAM right now? It seems to me that when I see these news stories of parked trucks, it's always Fords. Maybe GM is avoiding this by doing feature deletes... whereas Ford is just choosing to park trucks until they get chips? IDK. It all depends on the architecture of the vehicle systems, I reckon. 

Could very well be the reason...Either way it just sux and cant wait to get back to life. 

Now they say this shortage will be here till next year ?

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