Only select vehicles could be in short supply
October 10, 2007 - 11:17 am ET DETROIT -- The UAW walkout at Chrysler LLC won’t immediately hurt the company’s vehicle supply, but dealers could run out of four-door Wranglers and 2008 minivans if the strike drags on.
A look at Chrysler’s inventory shows that plenty of other vehicles are in stock or in the dealership pipeline.
Only two critical vehicles are below the industry’s benchmark 60-day supply level: the Jeep Wrangler and the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans.
On Oct. 1:
Several other Chrysler vehicles had less than a 60-day supply on Oct. 1, but they are models that carry heavy incentives or are low-volume performance cars, such as the Dodge Viper and Chrysler Crossfire.
Some analysts said today that a strike might help Chrysler whittle down bloated inventories of such vehicles as the Jeep Compass and Patriot and the Dodge Nitro, all of which have more than a 100-day supply.
Chrysler has idled six plants this week to reduce inventories.
|Chrysler U.S. light-vehicle inventories, as of Oct. 1|
|Inventory Units||Days supply Oct. 1, 2007||Days supply Sept. 1, 2007|
|Chrysler Div. car (D)||61,000||71||60|
|Chrysler Div. car (I)||700||36||50|
|Total Chrysler Div. car||61,700||70||60|
|Town & Country||20,100||58||56|
|Total Chrysler Div. trk.||35,600||53||62|
|Total Chrysler Division||97,400||63||60|
|Total Dodge car||54,200||49||60|
|Total Dodge trk.||185,700||83||86|
|Total Jeep trk.||113,500||76||70|
|Chrysler LLC car (D)||115,200||59||60|
|Chrysler LLC car (I)||700||36||50|
|Total Chrysler LLC car||115,900||59||60|
|Total Chrysler LLC trk.||334,900||76||77|
|Source: Automotive News Data Center|