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Months of Darts, 200s, Journeys…

by David Zatz on

lf you’re saving up for pretty much any FCA car, chances are you don’t have to worry about not finding one on the lots a few months from now. The Dart and 200 may be ending production this year, but there’s no shortage of either one — or any large Mopar, for that matter.

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The company has 15,000 Darts and 23,100 Chrysler 200s sitting around in inventory, according to Automotive News’ latest report. That’s 117 days worth of Darts and 110 days of 200s — and both are still in production. Chances are, the company is going to keep pumping them out to sit on parking lots until they’re sold, just as they flooded dealer lots with Jeep Libertys, knowing they would have to serve until the Cherokee showed up. The longer they sit around, the slower they sell, unless impatient dealers take a loss.

As for the large cars, the news isn’t as easy to explain; there are 19,9000 Chargers, 10,400 300s, and 16,500 Challengers sitting around. That’s 104 days of Charger, 114 of 300, and a much more reasonable (but still high) 76 of Challenger.  Likewise, the Journey, cheaper but still large, is sitting around with 101 days of supply — nearly 25,000 crossovers.


Other Dodge and Chrysler stock isn’t so bad, with around a month of Town & Countrys and Caravans on the lots, two months of Durangos, and just a hundred Vipers. Fiat seems to have cleared out some of its stock; it has 143 days worth of 500s, but that’s just 6,100 cars.

At Jeep, the numbers are scary even if they are down a little from last month. The Wrangler is finishing up its summer boom and there are 33 days’ worth at current rates; but there are also three full months of Cherokees and Grand Cherokees, with over 55,000 of each out there — somewhat worrying.  The Patriot stands at 75 days (over 30,000) and Renegade is at 77 (just about 30,000, too). Indeed, the only non-Wrangler Jeep with reasonable stock is the near-death Compass, with 54 days of supply.

Ram stands at 177,000 trucks out in the wild, over three months’ supply, with ProMaster and City both at around 5,000 vans and the pickups accounting for the rest. It’s a little more than Ford F-series (by days of sales), and far more than the Silverado.

FCA ended the month with 81 days worth of inventory, the same as at the end of the prior month — the highest number of any major automaker, and a full 20 days more than the industry average (for US inventory). It’s not a healthy position to be in, but it’s good for customers seeking deals.

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