Big 3 automakers, caught flat-footed by expectations for a soft first quarter, are running factories nearly full tilt to catch up.
Dealers can expect shortages of some vehicles this summer when automakers complete production of 2002 models.
Barry Kelley, new-car sales manager at Lou Fusz Pontiac-Buick-GMC in St. Louis, says he does not expect to get enough 2002 Pontiac Grand Ams.
"I'll be sold out by Aug. 1 and lose August and September," Kelley said. "I'll have the '03, but people will be out looking for the '02s." Kelley also listed the GMC Envoy, Yukon Denali and pickups as being in short supply.
At Ford Motor Co., F-series Super Dutys are in short supply, and the company is planning factory changes to boost production. The Chrysler group is running overtime at 14 of its 17 assembly plants in North America during the second quarter.