The new head of carmaker Opel, Uwe Hochgeschurtz, wants to revive the company's former cult car, the Manta, as an electric version.
"We are now working on bringing the Manta into series production by the middle of the decade - with a bold, future-oriented design, the car manager told the "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger". The company had previously published a film about the E-Manta on the net. "We wanted to discuss new design concepts with the public. The reactions to the E-Manta were overwhelmingly positive," said the Opel boss. Like all carmakers, the Rüsselsheim-based company is suffering from a shortage of computer chips. "There has never been anything like this before, it is already an absolutely exceptional situation," said Hochgeschurtz. At the moment, he said, it is not foreseeable for any manufacturer how many chips they will get soon.
Not every microchip can be installed everywhere
"This is very difficult to handle for the companies, but also for the suppliers. And the situation is easing slightly, but remains difficult to predict." Asked if better warehousing would not have been possible in advance, the Cologne native said, "The just-in-time principle means that parts are only stored for a few days, if at all. It is cost-effective and saves storage capacity. In addition, not every microchip can be installed everywhere. So everything has to fit exactly. So that's why it's not so easy to stockpile mountains of chips." pm, ots, mei