General Motors, Ford Extend Holiday Plant Shutdowns as Chrysler Adds Shifts
The Detroit Three have traditionally idled their production facilities between Christmas Eve and New Year's, occasionally re-starting the plants between Christmas and New Year's if demand is especially high for certain models. This year, General Motors and Ford are keeping their plants idle until January 2 to reduce excess inventories of some models on dealer lots. But Chrysler, which has some hot-selling, high-demand models, is adding shifts right before Christmas Eve, and running a shift between December 26 and 31 at the Toledo, Ohio plant that builds the just-introduced Jeep Cherokee SUV, according to Automotive News.
GM is idling its Fairfax, Kansas plant that builds the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans, and its Oshawa, Ontario plant, which builds the Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Camaro for an additional week following the traditional holiday closure. As of December 1, dealers had a 148-day supply of the LaCrosse, a 99-day supply of Regal, and a 167-day supply of Camaro. GM's Wentzville, Missouri plant will be closed for an additional week as well for installation of new production equipment for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups that will be built there starting later in 2014. Ford's Flat Rock, Michigan plan will be closed until January 21, presumably in preparation for the 2015 Mustang. Ford's Cuautitlan and Hermosillo plants in Mexico, which build the Ford Fiesta and Lincoln MKZ, will be idled until after New Year's.
In addition to the Toldeo plant running between Christmas and New Year's, Chrysler will run two shifts on December 23 at its Warren truck plant, and one shift on December 22 and 23 at its Jefferson Avenue plant that builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
Source: Automotive News