Chrysler LLC announced late Wednesday that it is stopping all vehicle production in the United States for at least a month.
All 30 of the carmaker’s plants will close after the last shift on Friday, and employees will not be asked to return to work before Jan. 19.
Chrysler blamed the “continued lack of consumer credit for the American car buyer” for the slow-down in sales that forced the move.
Chrysler ordinarily shuts down operations between Dec. 24 and Jan. 5 for the holidays. This closure would add roughly two weeks to that shut-down.
Chrysler would not say how many fewer vehicles would be produced because this shut-down. A total of 46,000 employees will be effected by the shut down. Those employees will be paid during the shutdown through a combination of state unemployment benefits and Chrysler contributions, but they will not receive the full amount of their working pay, a Chrysler spokesman said.
Filed under Business, News, US
General Motors Corp. said Friday that bankruptcy is not an option being considered despite the “unprecedented challenges” posed by a weakening economy.“Bankruptcy would not be in the interests of our employees, stockholders, suppliers or customers, and we believe speculation about a possible filing is exaggerated and nonconstructive,” a GM spokesman said.
Instead GM is in talks with Chrysler for a possible merger. General Motors Corp., Chrysler LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP have held preliminary talks about a merger or an acquisition of Chrysler by GM.
Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover earlier this year to Tata Motors for 1.15 billion , and according to sources Tata Motors might also be buying a stake in Mazda Motor Corp.
The auto industry has been hit hard in recent weeks by the effects of the credit crisis, prompting GM and Ford to issue statements Friday to dispel the notion that they might be headed for bankruptcy. GM and Ford shares were battered with the rest of the stock market this week, falling to lows not seen in decades.
Ford shares have plunged to a 26-year low at $1.99 and its U.S. rival General Motors Corp to a nearly 60-year low to $4.89
Filed under Business, Capitalism, Cars, Delhi, Economy, Ford, GM, Media, News, Toyota, Uncategorized, US