It's a familiar pattern: Big 3 sales tank, and inventory numbers swell.
October was a disastrous sales month, particularly for General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler group. Supplies of the Big 3's traditional domestic brands soared to 99 days Nov. 1, from 69 a month earlier.
The industry had a 77-day supply of vehicles on Nov. 1, up from 58 days on Oct. 1.
General Motors was the most bloated of the domestics with a 101-day supply of vehicles, a radical increase from its 60-day supply on Oct. 1. GM's truck supply on Nov. 1 was 134 days, up from 74 days in October.
Cadillac's truck stock more than doubled to 148 days, from 70 days. Chevrolet's supply of light trucks increased to 138 days, from 75 days. GMC's truck supply nearly doubled to 160 days, from 81. Pontiac has more than 100 days of every light truck in its lineup. Hummer supply also topped 100 days.
Ford Motor was slightly better off than GM with a 100-day supply of vehicles, up from 74 days Oct. 1. Ford has a light-truck problem with a 114-day supply, up from 82 days Oct. 1.
Most of Ford Division's trucks showed a days supply above 100. Lincoln had a 142-day supply of the mammoth Navigator. Mercury's Monterey supply jumped to 164 days, from 66 days a month earlier, and Mountaineer stock increased to 130 days, from 99 on Oct. 1.
The Chrysler group also has problems with a 95-day supply, up from 82 days a month earlier. Light trucks and large SUVs were a major source of excess supply. Dodge has a 209-day supply of the Dakota and 136 days of the Ram pickups. Jeep has 192 days of the new seven-seat Commander SUV.
DaimlerChrysler's total supply was 91 days on Nov. 1, up from 80 days on Oct. 1. c
Sister division Mercedes-Benz remained lean with a 58-day supply, but that was of little help to parent company DaimlerChrysler, whose total supply was 91 days on Nov. 1, up from 80 days on Oct. 1.
Nissan North America's light-truck supply also increased, growing to 104 days, from 88 days Oct. 1 because of a stock of more than 100 days of the Armada, Pathfinder, Quest, Titan and Xterra. Nissan's total supply grew to 79 days from 54 days on Oct. 1.
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