Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced it will idle two of its Ontario vehicle assembly plants at the first of the year. The move is expected to help FCA align product inventory with demand, an issue cross-town rival General Motors is facing with similar approaches.
FCA informed Bloomberg that it will idle both its Brampton and Windsor, Ontario plants from January 3-6 at the start of the new year. This is an extension of the plants regularly scheduled downtime for the New Year holiday.
In Brampton FCA builds its rear-wheel-drive cars, known as the LX cars, the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Charger. The company’s Windsor plant produces the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the last-generation Chrysler Town & Country.
The company confirmed in a statement to Automotive News that the idle time is in an effort to align supply with demand.
FCA has already halted production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart on a permanent basis. For the first time in history Chrysler-Dodge dealerships have no small or midsize sedan to sell customers.