FCA will extend the momentary shutdown of the plant where it develops the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan. Initially slated to be closed from February 1 to March 14, the plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., will stay idle up until April 4. That’s an overall of 9 weeks up from the initial six-week shutdown.
The plant is being stopped to match supply with need. Since March 1, the automaker had a 147-day supply of 200 sedans. While that number is below 217 days a month previously, many automakers go for a 65-day supply of automobiles.
Due to low fuel costs, customer need has actually moved from midsize sedans to little crossovers. Automobile sales have actually reduced progressively from 51 percent of the marketplace in 2012 to 44 percent in 2014 and 40 percent in 2015. The Chrysler 200 has actually been struck particularly hard. FCA offered simply 6,600 200 sedans in February– down 58 percent from 2015.
Previously this year, FCA’s Sergio Marchionne stated the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan and compact Dodge Dart sedans would not be changed at the end of their present cycle.