A lot more happened during this latest brutal winter than days of snow and Netflix binges. Automotive sales took a battering. After all, going out car shopping when it's eleventy-billion degrees below zero isn't a good time.

Because of this Old Man Winter-induced sales slump, inventories are abnormally high as we head into the summer car buying season. That's led some analysts to predict that automakers will be more inclined to idle factories this summer, in a bid to trim some of the built-up inventory. Traditionally, American manufacturers offer up a two-week break in the middle of summer, although the burgeoning sales of the past few years have seen this practice become less popular.

"We're likely not going to see an acceleration this year," Jeff Schuster, a senior vice president at LMC Automotive, told The Detroit News. "We'll see production increases in 'pockets' but I don't know if it will be as widespread as in recent years."

According to The News, inventory levels currently sit at 69 days. That's down from March, but still a few days above desirable levels.

As of now, neither Ford nor Chrysler had set their summer production plans in stone, although the Blue Oval said it would make a decision after Memorial Day. General Motors wouldn't comment for The News' story.


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      ElMonkey
      • 7 Months Ago
      Such hate, maybe shes on to something. I see every one at the final assembly wearing micro fiber onesies soon, trim pieces go on, and your car gets polished... simple.
        Chris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @ElMonkey
        Good idea, but first maybe they'll have the workers apply the wax to the vehicles by spreading it around on their chests and bellies, and have them do swan dives across the hoods of the cars to both make sure that they leave the factory nice and shiny, and to ensure their durability as well.
          ElMonkey
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Throw in a mediocre choreographer, a band, glitter and fireworks... We just created "The Ford factory customer pickup experience"!
      Brent Schmidt
      • 7 Months Ago
      Such high clothing standards there... I wonder if it reflects on the quality of work they put in. #probably
        Chris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Brent Schmidt
        What do you want them to wear? Two piece suits? They're in a factory, operating machinery and building cars, not working in a 5 star restaurant. I wonder how you feel about the folks who built the house or apartment building you live in as I'm sure they weren't dressed to impress either. Some of them probably weren't even wearing shirts at all while they were hammering those nails and hoisting up those trusses. They were probably in desperate need of a shower by the end of every day as well. Better call the city and have the place condemned...
          Tweaker
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Go ahead and check out ANY foreign factory. Tesla too. When I see slovenly workers, it reflexively makes me not want to buy that product. This is consistent with all Big 3. A simple frock is probably too much to ask of the UAW worker though.
          11fiveoh
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Go ahead and check out a mclaren factory.
          Chris
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Who cares? It's not like they're handling your food or trying to sell you something. In this case, I don't see how employees wearing jeans and t-shirts affects anything. I would understand your outrage if they were showing up to work covered in vaseline while wearing assless chaps, speedos and g-strings, but jeans and ts? Come on!! Many work from home, and some even show up to their office jobs in such attire. Where's the outrage there?
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chris
          [blocked]
      Trevor_k
      • 7 Months Ago
      They frankly look like slobs. As a baggage handler for a major airline (I'll give you a hint, the most successful one), I have to wear very specific uniform items while I'm working outside and in oven-like metal tubes at all times even when it is 100+ degrees outside. I'm surprised they don't have a more strict dress code.
      Daniel D
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why don't US auto workers get issued appropriate work wear by their employers? It always looks like amateur hour in the photos.
      AWD Terror
      • 7 Months Ago
      Working on a product line is not the same as working on a desk. When you are on the shop floor, strict safety standards and dressing guidelines must be followed. There is an appropriate and safe attire for every job that involves some kind of safety concern or the other. What's next, you want to be able to wear sandals for casual Fridays instead of metal tipped boots? Fire and mechanical injuries are real concerns in the work place, it does not look like the automaker or the worker in this instance cares about either. I would have expected them to be wearing proper fire proof, denim workshop clothing and a bright yellow jacket on top. At my workplace, when I have to step into the shop-floor, I am thankfully required to slip into the same including a helmet and safety glasses.
        Genericbeer
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AWD Terror
        Let me guess, you must work in safety. The only ones I know of that prefer throwing 20 layers of PPE equipment on everyone instead of actually working on getting rid of the hazards. At my workplace, I thankfully am not required to put on a bunch of ridiculous clothing just to walk out on our production floor for two minutes.
      Revis Goodworth
      • 7 Months Ago
      Government Motors' witch Mara has stated that she's looking into winter to see if it had any impact on sales and assures us that production is not a problem and inventories are still being investigated and she'll have an answer after appointing a new Vice President for sales and production balance and the first report on this winter's impact will be finished two years from now. You can now see why Government Motors' was unable to comment.
      engr00
      • 7 Months Ago
      Lets all be honest here, if that chick in the picture was shapely, skinny and hot we wouldn't even care what she is wearing. Get real.
      MJ
      • 7 Months Ago
      If I was going to be leaning over painted cars all day I'd be wearing soft clothes too. The future owner of that Focus ST would certainly appreciate the lack of scratches.
      D E S I G N
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm surprised workers dont' come in their pj's to work in domestic factories. wtf?
      MarlonJBT2
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm an autoworker. Hers, and everyone else's attire is perfectly acceptable. They seem to be wearing safety glasses. There's not much more you can ask for. It's just the assembly shop. Body and paint have different requirements, and dress code is very heavily enforced. You have to dress comfortably to make your workday go by as easily as possible.
      FRENZIED
      • 7 Months Ago
      "...eleventy-billion degrees below zero..." HAHAHAHA! That's cold.
      kristissearle
      • 7 Months Ago
      my best friend's ex-wife makes $73 an hour on the laptop . She has been without a job for nine months but last month her paycheck was $14969 just working on the laptop for a few hours. see this here ...... www.jobsaa.com
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