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Former-Chrysler: low inventories

by David Zatz on

The former Chrysler brands had healthy inventories on July 1, according to data compiled by Automotive News, coming in with fewer cars on lots than GM or Ford.  The FCA US total, including Fiat, was a 70-day supply — slightly higher than the European or Japanese averages, and well below GM.

The Chrysler 300 had just 39 days of supply, an admirably low number; Challenger and Charger came in at 77 and 75. The Pacifica had 69 days supply, while the Caravan had just 18.

There are normally many pickups sitting on lots, because there are so many varieties; Ram had 92 days worth (152,000), compared with 91 days of F-series and 109 days of Silverado sales.

Overall, the highest supply of former-Chrysler cars (excluding Dart, 200, and Ram pickup) was the Jeep Compass, with 89 days, including both the incoming and outgoing cars. That was well above the #2. Commercial vans are at 71 (ProMaster) and 67 (City) days. The main problem is Fiat, with over 100 days’ supply of each car and crossover — but 188  days supply of Fiat 500Ls is just 1,300 cars, and there are just 11,800 Fiats out there (a 137 day supply), so the problem is not bad in absolute terms.

Ford had 79 days of inventory on average, with Lincolns and Mustangs piling up, and GM had an unhealthy 105 days’ supply. The Camaro stood at 135 days, Corvette at 146, Impala at 182; many GMs stand at levels far too high for comfort.

Toyota checked in with just 64 days of cars, while Volkswagen had a surprising 98-day supply. The smallest stocks belonged to BMW (40) and Mercedes (49). Overall, this is the highest inventory reported by Automotive News in five years — by at least eight days of sales.

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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