Latest Automotive News

Subscribe in a reader




Auto Price Quote
Get a free auto price
quote from Edmunds!

Chrysler plans to idle two more plants for two weeks in January

Email   small font medium font large font

Google
 
Web AutoNews24h.com

Chrysler LLC is planning to idle two additional plants, including one in Canada, for two weeks in January in the latest example of an auto maker using production cuts instead of incentives to control inventory amid slumping demand.

The auto maker will temporarily shut its Jefferson North plant in Detroit and its Windsor, Ont., plant starting Jan. 14, according to a person familiar with the plans who requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Jefferson North, home to the Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee, and the Windsor factory, which makes the Dodge and Chrysler minivans, are currently scheduled to shut for two weeks, according to the source.

Chrysler previously made plans to temporarily halt production at pickup truck plants in Warren, Mich., and Fenton, Mo., right before Christmas and through January. A third truck plant in Mexico is scheduled to shut down for the first two weeks of January.

Industry sales of SUVs and pickup trucks are generally slumping, but Chrysler recently introduced refreshed versions of its minivans, which also are produced at a plant near St. Louis, Mo.

Idling production of the Windsor minivan plant could be a sign that Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Chrysler senses slowing demand for one of its key products.

Chrysler, along with rivals Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., are choosing to idle plants to adjust to falling consumer demand so they can avoid stockpiling vehicles. Large inventories traditionally force the auto makers to offer incentives to sell vehicles.

U.S. auto sales are expected to remain weak into 2008 as manufacturers of cars and light trucks have been stung by high fuel prices and the pressures felt by consumers from declining real-estate values.

Receive the latest automotive news by email!

Enter your email address:


Find the new car you want on cars.com

Related news
The Canadian Auto Workers union is bracing for job cuts as Chrysler LLC prunes slow-selling models from its product lineup, reportedly including the Chrysler Pacifica crossover utility vehicle and the Dodge Magnum station ...
The settling of a short strike by Chrysler workers in the United States on Wednesday was good news for the auto company's two Canadian assembly plants, which could have been shut down ...
The latest job cuts at Chrysler LLC will cost thousands of Canadian jobs directly and at parts suppliers _ some of which may face bankruptcy _ Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove says. The ...
Chrysler LLC plans to cut up to 12,000 more jobs, or up to 15 per cent of its workforce, as part of an effort to slash costs and match slowing demand for ...
Chrysler LLC says it's pleased with sales of its new minivans, but there are signs that the vehicles _ which are crucial to Chrysler's success _ aren't doing as well as the ...
Sales up 10.2 Percent; MAZDA5 and MAZDA6 Record Best-Ever January - Coming off a year in which its sales grew more than 10 percent, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) ...
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced production, sales and export figures for January 2008. 1.Production Nissan’s global production grew 13.8% year-on-year to 316,172 units, making an all-time record for the month ...
BY Bruce Mutsvairo AMSTERDAM (AP) _ Mitsubishi Motor Corp.'s Dutch car-making unit NedCar is expected to slash ``a few hundred jobs'' in a reorganization aimed at cutting production costs, a spokeswoman said on Monday. A ...
The chief of India's Tata Group said Wednesday his company has no intention of scaling back its plans for a new car factory in eastern India, despite widespread local opposition ...
Fiat SpA chief executive Sergio Marchionne laid out an ambitious set of four-year targets on Thursday aimed at propelling the newly revitalized company toward capturing a bigger share of the ...

Best Investment Newsletter

- 46% in 2008

- invest in the best performing US stocks only and sell them when the uptrend is over

- very easy to follow, simple buy/sell signals

- no need to have investing or trading experience

Find More Now!


Chrysler plans to idle two more plants for two weeks in January
> © 2006-2011 AutoNews24h.com except where otherwise noted