It’s typical for the Big 3 to enter a regular summer shutdown period over the warmer months to reduce any redundancies in inventory across the United States and Canada.
However, Fiat-Chrysler is on a hot streak with its Ram and Jeep brands. According to our sister publication, Fiat-Chrysler Authority, FCA will not shutdown its truck and SUV plants for a summer break.
General Motors has not indicated whether it will make a similar move. Chevrolet Silverado sales dipped in May, meaning an excess inventory is likely, while Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon sales remain hot. Ditto for the General’s body-on-frame SUVs.
GM is also playing catch up after it shut down multiple North American plants following supply issues in the wake of the Japanese earthquake.