Today's scarce automotive supply? Tires
Current production is also slowed down by having to construct low-volume tires and niche sizes, with more specialty cars and more sizes on the market. On top of that, the prices of materials like steel, carbon black and rubber that go into tires have risen an average of 52% in each of the last two years, sending tire prices "up very sharply."
Although it's predicted that "the shortage won't be resolved any time soon," from the looks of it car manufacturers are in control of the situation – as well they must be, since they can't sell cars without tires. OEMs haven't discussed what its done to the bottom line – or how much of the cost is passed on to buyers – but if you see spec sheets begin to list more tire makes as original equipment, maybe this is why.
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