On top of that, record levels of unemployment have left Americans with less disposable income to spend on new vehicles. In April, car sales hit a 30-year low.
These roadblocks have forced manufacturers to pull the emergency brake, delaying dozens of new and redesigned models. Here are some of the cars you can’t get yet:
2021 Ford F-150
Ford’s F-series has been the best-selling vehicle in America for decades. The 2021 F-150 is being touted as a major leap forward thanks to a slew of new features, including a hybrid powertrain.
However, according to research firm LMC Automotive, cited by USA Today, the start of production on the new F-150 has been pushed back from July to September. The delay comes after both plants where the truck is being assembled — one in Michigan, one in Missouri — briefly halted operations when workers tested positive for COVID-19.
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2021 Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevy Silverado has been around for more than two decades, becoming GM’s top-selling vehicle. It’s also one of the strongest contenders in the race to usurp the throne from the best-selling Ford F-150.
The 2021 version is supposed to get an upgrade with a revamped interior, but production on the new Silverado will be delayed until next year, GM confirmed to CNET’s Roadshow.
2021 Acura MDX
Acura’s 3-row SUV was supposed to get a much-needed refresh for the 2021 model, but since almost all of this year’s auto shows were cancelled due to the pandemic, little is known about the new MDX’s actual specs.
What we do know is that COVID-related issues have pushed back production on the 2021 MDX from May until October, according to LMC. Acura fans will have to wait until fall at the earliest to get their hands on the redesigned version.
2021 Chevrolet Equinox
The new Equinox is supposedly getting a facelift with a rally sport (RS) trim and a bold new grille design, but you’ll need to take another trip around the sun before you can see it.
As with the Silverado, GM has confirmed that production on a redesigned version of Chevy’s small and sporty SUV has been pushed back until next year. The planned 2021 model will now launch as a 2022 model instead.
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2021 Nissan Frontier
Nissan’s reliable mid-size pickup has gone largely unchanged since it was introduced back in 2004, but this year’s model was supposed to mark a new era, with a completely redesigned body and an updated interior.
Unfortunately, anyone hoping to explore this bold new Frontier will have to stay put for the time being. LMC says the start of production has been delayed by a full year and will now begin in April 2021.
2021 GMC Terrain
So many GM vehicles are on hold that even the Terrain, a compact SUV under the GMC division, has been unable to make ground.
The 2021 Terrain was expected to get a cosmetic update with a rugged AT4 off-road trim, including exclusive tires, bigger headlights and a black chrome grille.
Now Reuters is reporting that the new Terrain won’t be available until next year, leaving GMC drivers feeling like the road’s dropped out from under them.
2021 Toyota Sienna
The Sienna is getting a big upgrade for the 2021 model, with a new platform and an all-hybrid powertrain. This eco-friendly version of Toyota’s flagship minivan even comes with the option for an onboard fridge, preventing your family from getting hangry on those long road trips.
But don’t start planning a vacay in your new Sienna just yet. The pandemic has forced Toyota to push back the start of production on the 2021 model from July to September, according to LMC.
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2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Although Chevy says its electric crossover SUV, the Bolt EUV, will not be delayed as a result of the pandemic, the Bolt EV, its compact counterpart, isn’t so lucky.
The new model is expected to have a sportier look, comfier seats and adaptive cruise control, but according to Reuters the 2021 Bolt has been grounded until next year. Not exactly shocking, considering the rest of GM’s release schedule.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mach-E has been garnering major buzz since it was unveiled in late 2019. Not only is it the first-ever all-electric Mustang, but it's the first crossover vehicle to carry the Mustang name and pony logo.
Anxious buyers will have to hold their horses though, because the Mach-E will be confined to the stables for a few months longer than expected. LMC reports that the start of production has been pushed back from July to September.
2021 Cadillac CT4-V/CT5-V Blackwing
The “next level” versions of Cadillac’s CT4-V and CT5-V performance sedans were supposed to debut for the 2021 model year under the Blackwing name, with more aggressive styling and a new platform.
However, it looks like the release has been pushed back by at least six months, according to a report from the site Muscle Cars & Trucks. That would mean the souped-up CT4-V and CT5-V won’t hit the road until next year, seeing them debut as 2022 models.
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2021 Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai turned heads with its futuristic Vision T concept car at last year’s Los Angeles auto show, leading industry insiders to speculate that it could be a preview of the redesigned, ultra-hyped Tucson.
Unfortunately, we won’t find out whether that’s the case until sometime next year, as production on the new Tucson has been delayed until 2021.
Though he didn’t confirm that the coronavirus is to blame, Hyundai spokesman Derek Joyce told Motor Authority that this year’s model will be largely unchanged and that the revamped version will arrive as a 2022 model instead.
Hyundai’s global vice-president of design, SangYup Lee, has predicted that “the whole world will freak out” over the next-generation Tucson, so it may be worth the wait.
2021 Jaguar XJ
Jaguar’s XJ debuted over 50 years ago, and followers of the British carmaker have been eagerly awaiting the reveal of the newest iteration. It will be the first-ever electric version of the flagship luxury sedan.
They’ll have to wait a little longer. Delays caused by the pandemic have forced Jaguar to pull the plug on production of the all-electric XJ for the time being.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, the new XJ is expected to pounce into showrooms late next year at the earliest.
You were never going to be able to “get” this car, but thanks to the coronavirus you won’t be able to get into one for a while longer.
The Michigan automaker’s plan to launch a fleet of self-driving Robo-Taxis in 2021 has been pushed back until at least 2022, with Ford citing the need to rethink the company’s go-to-market strategy in the face of the pandemic.
Not a surprising move, considering ongoing concerns about the safety of rideshare vehicles as COVID continues to spread across the country.
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