DETROIT -- After Fiat Chrysler dealers sell down their current stocks of remaining Dodge Darts and Chrysler 200 sedans, those segments may stay vacant for a while on their lots.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the Detroit auto show last week that the company's plans to offshore and outsource production of its low-profit sedans have run up against the trade policy musings of the incoming U.S. administration.
President-elect Donald Trump has taken to publishing negative tweets about automakers which produce cars in Mexico, and has threatened to institute a significant border tax for cars built outside the U.S.
Marchionne said he's taking a wait-and-see approach. "Let's find out what happens as a result of President-elect Trump coming in, and how he views imports coming into the country," Marchionne said.
"Let's put everything back on the back burner for the time being," he said. "I need clarity. I think we all need clarity."
When he announced the company's decision to stop building the sedans in the U.S. last year, Marchionne promised dealers they would still have product to sell in those shrinking -- but still significant -- segments.
However, at their current sales rates, it will still be a while before dealers run out of stock. FCA started January with 19,217 unsold Chrysler 200s in inventory, a 196-day supply.
It also reported 10,282 unsold Dodge Darts, a 182-day supply.