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FCA inventory under control

by David Zatz on

FCA has gotten inventory levels under control in the US, according to Automotive News.  The company has 73 days of stock, versus GM’s 79 days and Ford’s 80 days. It’s above any major import’s inventory, but the wide range of pickups tends to swell American lots.


As the car market drops, dealers have 19,900 Chrysler 200s and 16,500 Darts on their lots; but these will have to last them a good long time, as no replacements seem to be in the works. The outlook for the large cars is better, with 40 days of the 300, 44 of the Charger, and 90 of the Challenger.

Town & Country has just about sold out, with 1,600 sitting around; there are 62 days worth of Pacificas at current sales rates, and 45 days of Caravans. The company also has 55 days worth of Journeys.

At Ram, the main stock — pickups — is mildly healthy with an 81 day supply, similar to Ford (which will suspend F-series production) and better than GM’s 91 days of Silverados. The ProMaster City has 141 days of supply but that’s less than 5,000 vans; the big ProMaster has 53 days’ supply (around 7,000).

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Over at Jeep, the only oversupply is with the Renegade, a hot seller in Europe but not so much here, with 114 days supply and slow sales. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are starting to stack up (78 days each) while Wrangler and Compass are healthy, in the 50s; there aren’t so many Compasses and Patriots as to present a problem when the new Compass shows up, and Renegade sales may pick up when the Patriot leaves.

Fiat inventories are still quite high, with 97 days worth, largely because sales of the 500L are practically invisible, the 500X is not much better, and the 500 slumped.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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