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How many of you guys and gals would embrace a simpler F-100, D-100, C-10 truck with a carbureted inline 6 and a manual transmission with crank windows? I know I would even at 16-18 mpg. No chips, no problem.This part I can answer. Most of the world's ICs are grown in Taiwan, at the various TSMC plants. Most of the rest are grown in South Korea's Samsung plants. When the CCP virus hit, almost all auto manufacturers cancelled existing orders to preserve cash. Conversely, Chinese and Chinese-based (e.g. Apple or Foxconn) companies increased orders. It takes around 26 weeks to grow a wafer. For those who don't know, ICs are grown in large wafers one microscopic layer at a time, with laser etching done between layers. After the wafer (nowadays they are more like little towers than wafers) is finished, then the individual ICs are cut out, itself a fairly slow and very precise process, and the raw individual ICs sent to factories mostly in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia to be packaged into usable chips, then on to other factories to be assembled into products. Now automobile manufacturers are desperately trying to get back into the game but they are at the tail end of a long list of orders in an overstrained supply chain. We're literally seeing the collision of Just-In-Time manufacturing and a multiyear procurement chain, precipitated by panic among the people in charge who don't understand their own processes and supply chains.
This is the essence; feel free to season to taste with conspiracy theories. And if you think this is bad, just wait until China invades Taiwan. Then mass manufacturing of anything beyond seventies level technology is pretty much exclusive to Communist China and (assuming China doesn't invade or blockade them) South Korea.