Automakers Short on SUVs, Pickups
June 19, 2015—Automakers have found that there are not enough SUVs and pickups to keep up with demand while there is a surplus of most other vehicles, according to a report by USA Today.
Pickup and SUV sales were up 10 percent in the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year and car sales were off 1.3 percent, according to Autodata reports.
Automakers are reducing output at car plants while increasing production at truck plants. Ford says it hopes to produce another 40,000 pickups and SUVS this summer by shortening its normal vacation shutdown period at six assembly plants and another 12 powertrain and stamping plants. Fiat Chrysler says it plans to run as many plants flat-out as possible this summer, according to USA Today.
The top five vehicles that spend the fewest number of days on the lots before they sell are pickups or crossovers, according to Truecar.com. They are:
- Subaru Outlback (10 days)
- Ford Edge (13 days)
- Chevrolet Colorado (13 days)
- Toyota Highlander (15 days)
- Subaru XV Crosstrek (15 days)
Three of the five that spend the longest days on dealer’s lots are cars, according to Truecar.com.They are:
- Cadillac CTS sedan (137 days)
- Mazda6 (136 days)
- Mitsubishi Outlander (133 days)
- Chevrolet Sonic (131 days)
- Chrysler Town & Country (127 days)