Chrysler idles 325 Illinois staff for a week amid slow Dart income

Considering that the Dart’;s introduction, its U.S. product sales have topped 8,000 units in a month just twice — in March and April of 2013. Sluggish sales prompted Chrysler on Monday to temporarily lessen Dart output and idle workers at a plant in Illinois.

Chrysler Group has idled 325 employees at its Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant for a week simply because of slow income of the Dodge Dart.

A spokeswoman for the automaker confirmed the layoffs today, saying they had been accomplished “in purchase to stability vehicle supply with current revenue demand.”

They were implemented Monday across the plant’;s 3 shifts. They have been reported in the Rockford Register Star newspaper.

The Belvidere plant also builds the Jeep Compass, whose U.S. sales have risen 22 percent this year by way of February from a year in the past, and the Patriot, whose 2014 U.S. revenue are up 4 percent via February.

Chrysler reported a 125-day provide of Darts as of March 1, far more than twice the best quantity.

U.S. revenue of the Dart have fallen substantially in current months. In February, dealers sold 4,888 Darts, down 37 % from the exact same month a yr earlier. Sales so far this year are a third decrease than in the 1st 2 months of 2013. Since the Dart’;s introduction, its product sales have topped 8,000 units in a month just twice — in March and April of 2013.

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne has said that the Dart has as well considerably articles for the compact vehicle segment and lacks the proper transmission. Dealers have complained that the compact sedan had inadequate revenue margins in contrast with other vehicles in their lineup.

Dart was the first automobile to be jointly designed by Chrysler and its corporate parent, Fiat. When Chrysler started constructing the fuel productive sedan in the United States, Fiat received an extra 5 % of Chrysler stock from the UAW Voluntary Employees’; Beneficiary Association trust.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com.

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