GM Idles Malibu Production at Kansas Plant for 5 Weeks image

GM stopped production at its Kansas plant from December 3rd until January 7th, trying to reduce the hefty supply of the Chevrolet Malibu.

The Fairfax plant, in Kansas was to be closed for a week and a half as a traditional holiday break from December 24th, but GM decided to add and extra 3 weeks and a half of no-production, which will allow the automaker to deal with the oversupply of the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse, which are manufactured at this facility.

This year so far, sales of the Malibu increased 4% to 199,321 units, according to Autodata Corp, but on December 1st, GM had a 164-day supply of this model, over the comfort level of supply for the automaker. A GM spokesman said that some of the plant’s 3,700 employees will continue the maintenance work.

The midsize sedan is one of the most competitive segments in the US, with Toyota being the sales leader with its Camry, up 36% through November to 373,479 units, followed by Honda’s Accord, up 39% to 302,444 units, Nissan’s Altima, up 15% to 243,005 units, Ford’s Fusion up 2% to 226,445 and Hyundai’s Sonata up 1% to 209,779 units.