FCA Idling Ontario Plants “To Align Production With Demand”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will be idling two plants located in Ontario, Canada, for one week each, next month. The Brampton facility will be down between April 1 and 8, and the Windsor factory from April 8 to 15.

The announcement was made on Tuesday night, reports AutoNews. The news outlet talked to FCA Canada spokesperson Lou Ann Gosselin, who said that the decision has been taken in order “to align production with demand”.

In Windsor, a team of 6,000 people is responsible for making the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan. When running at full capacity, in three shifts daily for 6 days a week, the plant makes almost 1,500 minivans each day. The factory has already been shut down three times this year to adjust for inventories and due to parts shortage.

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Through February, sales of the Pacifica dropped by 24 percent, to 14,817, in the United States, whereas the Grand Caravan dipped by 27 percent, to 19,634. In the first two months of the year, the Pacifica was down 54 percent, to 512 units, while the Grand Caravan saw a 20 percent decrease, to 4,836 in Canada.

At Brampton, about 3,500 FCA employees are putting together the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Charger. The facility was down the first two weeks of January, too, said Gosselin.

At 4,586 units, sales of the 300 were down 32 percent in January and February, this year, in the U.S. The Challenger and Charger saw a 28 percent and 8 percent decrease, respectively, to 6,869 and 11,757 units.

North of the U.S. border, Chrysler sold just 390 units of the 300 in the first two months of the year, marking a 30 percent drop. The Challenger and Charger were up, however, by 93 and 38 percent, respectively, to 453 and 920 units.

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  • Bash

    They should be more worried that they still making that grand caravan and the Pacifica with technically no change in a decade!

    • Stephen G

      Hey car guy, the Pacifica was all new for 2017 model year.

      • Liam Paul

        the grand carevan is eating the pacifica lunch because the GC is cheaper to buy, anyone buying a minivan is doing it for one reason to haul a family, their not going pay more than they got too. FCA needs to stop making the GC and rename the pacifica back to Town & Country or drop the Pacifca and enjoy the sales of the current GC. Personally, if I had to buy one of those 2, it would be the GC, I don’t like that jellybean look the pacifica has. I think FCA, should go back to the drawing board and make a new GC that looks like the original one . I dont like jellybean suvs minivans trucks, make them Square

        • Rzrlf

          Just curious, what are youre thoughts on the Buick GL8? Granted its china market vehicle, but id love to see some made here.

        • Stephen G

          You’re funny.

      • Bash

        Barely Its shell only.

  • FlameWater

    No surprise, the sweet dream of bolting on doors for corporate wages is coming to an end.

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