About nine months since the shortages began, major head unit suppliers are still struggling to supply product, including Pioneer Electronics which has stopped shipping CarPlay radios, according to many retailers.
Other car radio vendors such as Sony, Alpine and Kenwood, are all seeing product trickle in relative to orders. Pioneer has stopped shipping CarPlay and/or NEX models altogether, said several industry members.
Sony said it is shipping head units, “But a small percentage of what we normally ship. We’re planning to see relief in 60 to 90 days,” said a spokesman.
Retailers said Alpine radios are in short supply and Kenwood is only shipping partial orders.
No Pioneer NEX or CarPlay radios will be available until April-June at the earliest, mainly due to the fire at the AKM chip plant last fall, said many retailers, distributors, and manufacturer reps.
Pioneer said shipping information is “confidential business,” when we asked for a comment on the topic.
Some retailers we spoke to said they had not received a Pioneer shipment of CarPlay radios since December.
Pioneer speakers are still in good supply and some single DIN radios are still shipping, but none with CarPlay, we are told.
The car radio shortages are exacerbated not only by the AKM chip plant fire but by the higher cost of parts and materials, higher shipping costs, and delays at the port. We hope to report more on these issues in the coming days and are happy to report updates supplied by manufacturers.