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July schedules kept truck plants busy

by Bill Cawthon on

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With the model changeover halting production at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, it’s no surprise that Chrysler passenger car output was off 51% in July. However, it’s good to know that the Belvidere Assembly Plant is cranking out Dodge Darts in higher volumes than seen in recent months. Dart production was off 3.7% compared to last July but up 108.2% compared to June of this year.

Another 2,207 Jeep Cherokees went down the assembly line in July, bringing the total build so far to 3,089.

Toledo was a busy place last month: factoring out the Liberty, Jeep volume was up 41.4%. Even with the Liberty, it was up 22.8%.

Employees at Ram truck plants must be living off of Monster energy drinks and protein bars: Heavy-duty truck builds were up 81.2% and light-duty pickup output was up 51.8%. With the addition of the ProMaster/Ducato to the mix and a modest increase in Ram Cargo van orders, total Ram Division numbers jumped 67.6% in July.

CHRYSLER GROUP JULY 2013 PRODUCTION
PASSENGER CARS
Car Models Jul-13 Jul-12 Change CYTD 2013 CYTD 2012 Change
Chrysler 200 0 14,622 -100.0% 76,024 80,775 -5.9%
Chrysler 200 Convertible* 0 244 -100.0% 3,775 8,294 -54.5%
Dodge Avenger 0 7,845 -100.0% 69,311 60,911 13.8%
Dodge Dart 7,116 7,392 -3.7% 49,752 12,793 288.9%
SRT Viper 194 14 1285.7% 868 48 1708.3%
Total U.S. Cars 7,310 30,117 -75.7% 199,730 162,821 22.7%
Chrysler 300* 4,103 4,007 2.4% 42,660 53,564 -20.4%
Dodge Challenger 3,177 2,205 44.1% 33,713 27,197 24.0%
Dodge Charger 4,583 5,170 -11.4% 61,882 54,496 13.6%
Total Canada Cars 11,863 11,382 4.2% 138,255 135,257 2.2%
Fiat 500 Sedan 3,906 5,806 -32.7% 28,268 42,048 -32.8%
Fiat 500 Cabrio 719 1,265 -43.2% 7,398 7,000 5.7%
Total Mexico Cars 4,625 7,071 -34.6% 35,666 49,048 -27.3%
Grand Total Cars 23,798 48,570 -51.0% 373,651 347,126 7.6%
TRUCKS
Truck Models Jul-13 Jul-12 Change CYTD 2013 CYTD 2012 Change
Dodge Durango 6,831 4,412 54.8% 40,896 27,576 48.3%
Ram Pickup 14,379 9,452 52.1% 158,192 133,038 18.9%
Jeep Compass 9,747 5,641 72.8% 76,372 69,529 9.8%
Jeep Grand Cherokee 24,344 19,474 25.0% 150,364 144,301 4.2%
Jeep Cherokee 2,207 0 NEW 3,089 0 NEW
Jeep Liberty 0 6,304 -100.0% 0 72,919 -100.0%
Jeep Wrangler 4,656 5,465 -14.8% 41,969 45,272 -7.3%
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 11,268 8,105 39.0% 85,884 70,036 22.6%
Patriot 6,603 2,923 125.9% 59,137 60,171 -1.7%
Total U.S. Trucks 80,035 61,776 29.6% 615,903 622,842 -1.1%
Chrysler Town & Country* 7,645 5,941 28.7% 74,399 69,675 6.8%
Dodge Grand Caravan 8,255 8,536 -3.3% 93,924 110,619 -15.1%
Ram Cargo Van 403 397 1.5% 5,373 6,544 -17.9%
Volkswagen Routan 184 1,106 -83.4% 1,250 8,662 -85.6%
Total Canada Trucks 16,487 15,980 3.2% 174,946 195,500 -10.5%
Ram HD Pickup 15,592 8,605 81.2% 87,689 86,614 1.2%
Dodge Journey* 12,330 15,348 -19.7% 105,972 110,995 -4.5%
Ram LD Pickup 3,183 2,118 50.3% 19,362 16,624 16.5%
Ram ProMaster Van 926 0 NEW 926 0 NEW
Total Mexico Trucks 32,031 26,071 22.9% 213,949 214,233 -0.1%
Grand Total Trucks 128,553 103,827 23.8% 1,004,798 1,032,575 -2.7%
Grand Total Vehicles 152,351 152,397 0.0% 1,378,449 1,379,701 -0.1%
Total Ram Light Duty Pickups 17,562 11,570 51.8% 177,554 149,662 18.6%
Total Ram LD & HD trucks 33,154 20,175 64.3% 265,243 236,276 12.3%
*includes appropriate Fiat/Lancia-badged vehicles

Production breakdown by brand or division looked like this.

PRODUCTION BY DIVISION
Brand/Division Jul-13 Jul-12 Change CYTD 2013 CYTD 2012 Change
Jeep 58,825 47,912 22.8% 416,815 462,228 -9.8%
Chrysler/Lancia 11,748 24,814 -52.7% 196,858 212,308 -7.3%
Dodge/Fiat 42,292 50,908 -16.9% 455,450 404,587 12.6%
Ram 34,483 20,572 67.6% 270,616 242,820 11.4%
SRT 194 14 1285.7% 868 48 1708.3%
Vollkswagen 184 1,106 -83.4% 1,250 8,662 -85.6%
Fiat 4,625 7,071 -34.6% 35,666 49,048 -27.3%
TOTAL 152,351 152,397 0.0% 1,377,523 1,379,701 -0.2%

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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