The global chip shortage has taken a toll on many industries. Although you hear about problems most often in the context of graphics cards or processors, car manufacturers have not escaped problems as well. Among them was BMW, which had to take serious steps to maintain production levels in times of crisis.
BMW is removing touchscreen functionality from some models
As we learn from the information on the BimmerFest forum (confirmed later by AutoBlog), BMW is taking serious steps to address the chip shortage that we have been struggling with for many months. BMW 3 Series, X5, X6, X7 and Z4, 4 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe models (but not the i4 EV) will be delivered without touchscreen controls.
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This means owners will have to switch to using the iDrive controller located in the center console to navigate through infotainment. People who receive such cars will receive compensation … a loan of $ 500, i.e. less than PLN 2,000. They will also need to sign a special statement with the dealer that they are fully aware of the lack of function.