General Motors most recently idled its Faifax, Kansas assembly facility in December 2012 and early January 2013 for an extended period to provide workers rest during the holidays while making “scheduled improvements” to the facility. But the 164-day supply of the Chevrolet Malibu at the time of the pause may have been the reason for the stoppage just as well.
Now, Automotive News is reporting that the facility will have another extended break beginning this week and running through February 17. The explanation behind the hiatus was to “match supply with demand.” As of January 31, Malibu inventory rested at a 94-day supply, which is significantly lower from where it has been. Meanwhile, the Buick LaCrosse has risen to a 117-day supply as of the 31st, up from the 98-day supply posted January 1.
Last month, Malibu sales rose 7.82 percent to 15,823 units, but LaCrosse sales fell 11.59 percent to 3,548 units in the U.S. market. We should, however, point out that refreshes are inbound for both models this year.