A Chrysler executive testified yesterday during bankruptcy hearings that the automaker’s 2010 and 2011 models will likely be delayed due to the filing.
Chrysler manufacturing chief Frank Ewasyshyn said the current shutdown of plants, combined with the stresses on the company’s suppliers, will cause the automaker to roll out 2010 models late this year, and may cause 2011 models to roll out late next year.
Ewasyshyn told the bankruptcy court in New York that suppliers are unwilling to send the tooling and parts that need to be validated now in order for the 2011 models to be ready at their original launch time. Without the machinery and parts, the 2011 launches will have to be delayed.
This may come as the first blow to Chrysler caused by the bankruptcy. Although the 2010 Dodge Ram heavy duty pickup truck was the only vehicle reworked for the 2010 model year, the late launch of 2010 models will undoubtedly cause sales to drop further. More importantly, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee – one of the most important models in the pipeline for Chrysler – may be delayed.
Source: Automotive News