High demand reduces July summer shutdown for Detroit Three

By Brent Snavely and Alisa Priddle /

Detroit Free Press


Published Jul 3, 2014 at 09:01PM / Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 09:46PM

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Brisk sales of pickups and SUVs are causing the Detroit Three to eliminate or shorten their traditional two-week summer shutdown at many U.S. plants.

This year, Chrysler workers will be on the job the next two weeks at four assembly plants, and Ford will idle at least four plants for only one week. General Motors will keep about one-third of its plants running.

Historically, automakers halt production for the first two weeks in July to prepare for model-year changeovers.

Several of the plants Ford and Chrysler will keep open make pickups or SUVs.

— From wire reports