US: huge sales of trucks mean overtime work for North American plants image

Some automakers, with Chrysler (FCA US) leading the way, are ready for overtime work during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period at their North American facilities.

The plants involved mostly produce SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks, signaling confidence the segments and the overall US light-truck market would continue its winning streak into 2015. On the other hand, some of the carmakers have to extend the downtime periods at facilities that build small and midsize cars, as demand for the sectors has been diving in the US this year. Although usually North American assembly factories are put to rest between Christmas and New Year’s, FCA US will move to keep a single production shift for five consecutive days beginning Friday at two facilities in Toledo, Ohio – which produce the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited and Cherokee.

General Motors is planning overtime work at its Arlington, Texas, factory that builds its large SUVs, with workers still running the plant this week and the week of Jan. 5. They produce the Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades. US and Canadian plants that make the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain midsize crossovers and the full-size Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers also have overtime schedules planned.

Via Automotive News