DETROIT (Reuters) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it will idle its plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., which makes the midsize Chrysler 200 sedan, for six weeks starting on Monday.
CEO Sergio Marchionne also said today the company will within several years stop producing the Chrysler 200 as well as the compact Dart sedan, and will look to outsource that output.
The Sterling Heights plant has two shifts and has been periodically shut in the past few months, also because of slack demand as the U.S. automotive market shifts to SUVs and pickup trucks and away from passenger sedans.
Chrysler 200 inventories ballooned to 148 days' supply on Jan. 1, up from 98 days on Dec. 1, according to the Automotive News data center.
U.S. sales of the sedan fell 47 percent in December to 8,579 vehicles. They dropped 28 percent to 10,332 units in November. But for the year, sales still grew 52 percent to 177,889 vehicles.
Automotive News contributed to this report.