Chrysler to Skip Midyear Shutdown Owing to Increased Demand
The biggest gainer of U.S. market share through April, Chrysler Group LLC, will skip scheduled two-week midyear shutdowns of four plants as there is an increased demand. In a statement in its website, the company announced that factories in Toluca, Mexico; Belvidere, Illinois; and Detroit, and a parts factory in Toledo, Ohio, will stay open.
All plants in US took at least one week off in mid-2011 for “summer shutdown,” which automakers usually plan for maintenance, renovations, or tooling changes and to set up factories for new model vehicles. “We need to build a few more vehicles, so they’re staying open,” Jodi Tinson, a company spokeswoman, said in a telephonic interview to Bloomberg.
Chrysler’s plants in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and Saltillo, Mexico will reduce their Summer Shutdown to one week. Those factories make the Chrysler 200, Dodge Avenger and Lancia Flavia cars, as well as Ram pickups .Belvidere assembly plant makes Jeep Compass and Patriot sport-utility vehicles.AS per the website it is preparing to build Dodge Dart compact cars. Toluca builds the Dodge Journey and Fiat Freemont crossovers and Fiat 500 small car. Jefferson North assembly in Detroit manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUV.
Chrysler deliveries shot up to 33 percent in the first four months of this year to 539,216, says researcher Autodata Corp. The company, that produces more than half of its vehicles in the U.S., hiked worldwide shipments by 25 percent in the first quarter of the year, as announced in an April 26 earnings presentation. New Jersey based Autodata , Woodcliff Lake says, the market rates of Chrysler has increased 2 percentage to 11.6 throughout April this year. This record making automobile is largely owned by Fiat SPA.(F)