Chrysler Group says it will idle its Newark, DE, assembly plant during the week of April 4 to reduce inventories of its Dodge Durango SUV. The news comes as the auto maker reports a 12% increase in sales of the SUV in March, on top of an 18% gain for the year. A Chrysler spokesman says the temporary shutdown of Newark does not reflect concern with the overall success of the Durango, nor is it an indication of a pending slowdown in SUV demand. “That has been in the plans for about ...

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