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FCA inventories: healthy again?

by David Zatz on

Last month, FCA inventories were almost insane: the company had a 91-day supply of cars and trucks, when 45-60 days are considered to be healthy.

On June 1, that number had dropped to a far more reasonable 69 days, with just 39 days of inventory at Dodge. The only brand really in bad straits was Fiat, with a 163-day supply of cars—but that’s just 6,500 or so Fiats, so it’s not as bad as it seems.

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GM dropped their number from 88 to 81 days, and Ford dropped from 89 to 75. FCA is currently the healthiest of the “domestics” in terms of inventory, on par with European imports. (Asian automakers had far lower inventory numbers.)

Within FCA, Chrysler had a 72-day supply, with minivans and cars at about the same numbers. Dodge has few Chargers but enough Challengers to last a couple of months; if you want a Journey, you can take your pick of many, of Caravans are few on the ground, with a mere ten-day supply. Ram had numbers that might be worrying, but trucks usually have higher inventories because there are so many varieties to have in stock, between engines, towing and other packages, trim levels, capability levels, and cab and bed sizes, leading to a stunning 204,000 pickups and chassis cabs on the ground (an 85-day supply down from 109 days).

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To compare Ram, Ford has 268,000 F-series trucks out there, around 83 days worth, and Chevy has 200,000 Silverados, around a hundred-day supply.

At Jeep, the main issue is the Cherokee, with 96 days’ worth floating around, and the Renegade, with 147 days’ worth. The other Jeeps are all in reasonable turf, and Grand Cherokee supply is positively healthy. There are nearly 6,000 Gladiators out there for buyers to choose from now.

Numbers are courtesy of Automotive NewsSee their tables for more exact numbers.

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