Chrysler is the latest automaker to experience a parts shortage, this time for the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Volkswagen Routan minivans. This week, Ford temporarily shut down the factory producing 2011 F-150s with V-6 engines as a result of a parts shortage.
The shutdown at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, starts Monday and is expected to last until the following Monday. The 4400 workers on three shifts will receive 65 percent of their normal pay, according to Automotive News. Forcing the shutdown is a shortage of parts including aluminum materials used in the vehicles' hoods.
"This is the first time we've seen layoffs in January in about eight years," said Rick Laporte, president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 444, to Automotive News.
In 2010, Chrysler regained the best-selling minivan title from the Honda Odyssey with the Town & Country. The Chrysler saw sales increase 33 percent in 2010 while the Dodge minivan had a 14 percent increase. Even the Volkswagen Routan had a good sales year, at 15,961 units, or an increase of 8.7 percent over 2009.
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