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Chrysler output declined by 0.9% in August due to a 19.6% drop in car production with the largest cuts coming in the compact Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger. Production of the Fiat 500 was also trimmed fairly mostly, because sales volumes are down with the introduction of the new 500L. Chrysler 300 builds were also cut nearly 30% in reaction to ongoing soft sales of the big sedan, said by some to be due to the loss of the base trim level. On the other hand, Dodge Charger assembly was up 21.2% and Challenger builds increased 1.4%. The Belvidere Assembly Plant was bustling last month. Orders for the Jeep Compass and Patriot were both up by more than 100%. Production of the Dodge Dart also kept the plant busy. Dart production was down 9.9% from last August but it was up 27.8% compared to July 2013. This matches up..

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This can't be good?
 

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If sales are going up and production is going down, then invetory levels must be decreasing. This is good if you are a financial officer, but maybe not so good if you are a car shopper.
I'll admit I've never paid much attention to the days of inventory stats.
 

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I think the company sees softening sales in the months ahead and does not want a glut of inventory. Also, some of this reflect the ramping-up of 2014s.

You can't blame lack of Cherokee production for the deficit.
 

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Yes, could just be the model year change perhaps?
 

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I would assume the switch to 14's has a lot to do with this. We are very low on inventory atm as we wait on the 2014's to start arriving in larger numbers. We haven't seen a new Durango yet for instance, our Ram inventory is still fairly low, just started getting Chargers and 300s...
 

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Judas Priest, they only sold 4,000 convertibles in 2013? The new 200 vert can't get here soon enough.
 

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Seanjnl1 said:
Judas Priest, they only sold 4,000 convertibles in 2013? The new 200 vert can't get here soon enough.
Honestly, I couldn't even tell you the last time we had one on our lot for sale, outside of pre-owned. We don't stock them and I can't remember the last time we had someone come in and ask for one.
 

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JRS200x said:
Honestly, I couldn't even tell you the last time we had one on our lot for sale, outside of pre-owned. We don't stock them and I can't remember the last time we had someone come in and ask for one.
I'm pretty sure CA and FL are the biggest convertible markets
 

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What a shame as the LeBaron and the first Sebring dominated the convertible market for many years depsite challenges from the Mustang and Miata.
 

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JRS200x said:
Honestly, I couldn't even tell you the last time we had one on our lot for sale, outside of pre-owned. We don't stock them and I can't remember the last time we had someone come in and ask for one.
Moparian said:
I'm pretty sure CA and FL are the biggest convertible markets
Sebring Convertibles used to sell well here in Texas, too. But a ton of them were dumped into fleets for years, and so it was always easy to find them cheap with low miles on the used car lot. I guess the rental fleets either don't want them anymore or Chrysler isn't interested in selling them at a loss or break-even price point.
 

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JRS200x said:
Honestly, I couldn't even tell you the last time we had one on our lot for sale, outside of pre-owned. We don't stock them and I can't remember the last time we had someone come in and ask for one.
Chrysler doesn't even display them at the auto shows.
At least there wasn't one at NAIAS.

Why ??
Don't they want people to buy them ??
 

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Goes back to advertising. A person may ask, but don't know to ask if they don't know there is a 200 convertible.
 

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Chrysler doesn't even display them at the auto shows.
At least there wasn't one at NAIAS.

Why ??
Don't they want people to buy them ??
They are a rare breed up here too.

Although they had a 200 S convertible at the Toronto auto show this past year.

I don't remember NAIAS, will have to go back and check, but you are probably correct.
 

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I've seen a bunch of 200S convertibles around here. Of course I live in FL so.....
 

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Moparian said:
I've seen a bunch of 200S convertibles around here. Of course I live in FL so.....
I've seen a few here too. It amazes me that people are willing to buy them to be honest. For the $40k they want for them...is a convertible that you can only use for a few months of the year that important?

EDIT: Loaded 200S Convertible in Canada is more than $43k before any rebates (which I don't see any rebates actually)
 

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I've seen a few here too. It amazes me that people are willing to buy them to be honest. For the $40k they want for them...is a convertible that you can only use for a few months of the year that important?

EDIT: Loaded 200S Convertible in Canada is more than $43k before any rebates (which I don't see any rebates actually)
Well other than maybe 2-3 months out of the year around here the weather is good enough to warrant a convertible year around.
 
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