PARIS -- Stellantis is extending production halts at plants in Europe due to a shortage of microchips.
Output will stay halted this week at PSA's Rennes plant in France and Fiat's SevelSud light commercial van plant in Italy, a Stellantis spokesperson said on Monday.
The Rennes factory, which builds Peugeot and Citroen midsize cars, suffered production halts last week, along with PSA's Sochaux factory in France and Opel's Eisenach plant in Germany. Sochaux builds compact models, while Eisenach produces crossovers for Opel.
One of the production lines at the Sochaux plant had not restarted as of Monday, while the Eisenach plant will not produce on Monday and Tuesday, the spokesperson said.
Automakers are increasingly dependent on electronic components, but face stiff competition from the consumer electronics industry for chip deliveries, which have been hit by a series of supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.