Chicago Auto Show 2021 to feature Ford debut of ‘Built Wild,’ ‘Built to Electrify’ outdoor experiences

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago Auto Show attendees will have the chance to experience the latest models from the automotive industry in a new, outdoor area this year, organizers said Wednesday.

Ford will debut its “Built Wild” and “Built to Electrify” custom outdoor experiences at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show, scheduled this July 15 to 19 at McCormick Place.

The outdoor feature is possible because of the show’s move from its traditional February dates.

The new outdoor setting, immediately adjacent to McCormick Place’s West Building, gives Ford the opportunity to reveal the new experiences. It’s also the first opportunity for the public to experience in-person the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford’s newly unveiled all-electric pickup.

Built Wild is making its global debut in Chicago, and will feature a 30,000-square-foot custom experience, where auto show attendees can participate in a series of hands-on activations to help them understand accessorization, modularity and connectivity

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Put in park: How a tiny chip wounded the US auto industry

The global semiconductor chip shortage arguably is unlike anything the automotive industry has weathered. It is poised to drag on for months longer, cutting into the profits of automakers and their suppliers, delivering uncertainty and lost wages to autoworkers, and giving consumers fewer choices and higher prices on dealership lots.

The crisis — compounded by production issues tied to the coronavirus pandemic — could result in about 2.5 million fewer vehicles being built this year than planned and level a more than $61 billion hit to the industry, according to a forecast from global consulting firm AlixPartners.

At least 70,600 autoworkers have faced shutdowns and shift reductions at U.S. assembly plants represented by the United Auto Workers, according to the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, part of more than 50 plants affected in North America by the shortage of chips used in everything from infotainment systems to power steering.

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Major auto chip supplier Renesas says it expects to resume production in a month following a fire at its factory

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Montana Governor Gets Written Warning After Killing a Wolf

Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana violated a state hunting requirement last month when he trapped and killed a wolf near Yellowstone National Park without first taking a mandated trapper education course, state officials said Tuesday. Gianforte, who has a license to hunt wolves, received a written warning for the violation, according to Greg Lemon, a spokesperson for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “We’ve treated this as we would anybody” in a similar situation, he said. “It’s important to us the integrity of our process, no matter who we’re dealing with, is maintained.” Gianforte trapped and shot an adult black wolf on Feb. 15 near Yellowstone National Park, Boise State Public Radio reported Tuesday. Morgan Warthin, spokesperson for Yellowstone National Park, said the wolf, No. 1155, was born in the park, was estimated to be 6 or 7

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Biden Team Pressing Taiwan, Allies on Auto Chip Shortfall

(Bloomberg) — President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, Brian Deese, has sought the Taiwanese government’s help resolving a global semiconductor shortage that’s idling U.S. car manufacturing plants, according to a letter reviewed by Bloomberg News.

In the letter, Deese thanked Taiwan’s minister of economic affairs, Wang Mei-hua, for her personal engagement on the microchips shortage and relayed concerns from U.S. automotive companies.

Deese’s letter shows that top White House officials have become involved in trying to resolve the shortage, which has presented an early challenge to Biden’s administration. Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, as well as National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are both personally engaged in the effort to address bottlenecks in auto companies’ supply chains, a White House spokesperson said.

The spokesperson asked not to be identified by name because the talks have been private. Wang told reporters Thursday that she hasn’t received a letter from

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