Every year most automakers shutdown their manufacturing operations for a week or so during the Fourth of July holiday. This year though, the shutdowns could be expanded due to ballooning vehicle inventories mounting after four straight months of industry-wide sales declines.
Automotive News reached out to some of the automakers regarding their plans for summer shutdown, but none would officially comment on their plans. All automakers noted that it’s too early to tell what their plans will be for this summer.
At April’s month-end, Ford Motor Company reported a 72-day inventory, while cross-town rival General Motors is running with a 100-day inventory in the U.S. Both companies have already announced new downtime at assembly plants in North America to moderate inventory, but continued monthly sales declines will likely lead to additional time off for employees this summer.
Check out a model-by-model breakdown of April sales here.