WardsAuto estimates inventory is about 300,000 to 400,000 units higher than the optimum level to meet current market demand, but much of the excess appears related to January’s weather-dampened sales and to model changeovers.
Some suppliers are investing in additional facilities because they are confident current production levels will be sustained and because they have exhausted most of their avenues to stretch available capacity.
Leading the automaker’s volume expansion will be small LVs, including A-, B- and C-size cars, car-based compact vans and small CUVs. Its production mix of small LVs will climb to 56% in 2020 from 48.5% in 2013.
Ford and Chrysler are the only automakers with more large pickups in inventory than a year ago, which is significant because large pickups are undergoing the fastest growth right now among all major segments.
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