Back in May, there was speculation that the Detroit Three automakers would maintain or perhaps even extend their traditional summer shutdowns, mostly due to a bitingly cold winter that saw below-freezing temperatures infiltrate the southernmost reaches of the US, putting a chill on auto sales. Now, though, the numbers are in, and thanks to some promising sales figures, it looks like some domestic line workers are going to be working clear through July, in some cases.

According to Automotive News, Ford has slashed its traditional two-week hiatus for factory workers in half at four of its plants, while both Chrysler and General Motors will keep factories running nonstop (two plants in Chrysler's case and a third of GM's factories).

This is, as we said, thanks to some positive numbers. Chief among those is the Seasonal Adjusted Annual Rate, which was at an eight-year high of 17 million units. Individual figures were less promising. GM, embroiled in its recall scandal, still saw a one-percent increase while Ford dropped six percent in year-over-year sales. Chrysler was the big winner, though, with a nine-percent jump in June.

As for which factory workers will be burning their summer days indoors, Ford will trim the vacations of the teams at its Chicago and Kansas City, as well as both of its Louisville, KY plants. Those factories cover the Ford Taurus, Explorer, F-Series, Escape and Expedition, as well as their Lincoln counterparts.

Chrysler's Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, in Detroit and metro Detroit, respectively, will remain open. Jefferson manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, while SHAP is home to the Chrysler 200. GM, meanwhile, is set to maintain production at its truck and SUV factories in Arlington, TX (Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade), Bowling Green, KY (Chevy Corvette) and Flint, MI (Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra).


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      knightrider_6
      • 5 Months Ago
      "IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed. Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check." - Mitt Romney November 18, 2008
        Arizonarelax
        • 5 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Not sure where you are going here. Ford did what with "what" bailout? Exactly! Chrysler under Italian management and US tax payer dollars has introduced several new models and has become a global company owned by a non-US company. Can't argue with you about GM - 2014 has been a banner year for them. Recall marketing/sales has been a God-send if their customers survived their products. As for as the great City of Detroit - insurmountable labor, retiree burdens has resulted in leaving Detroit in ruins. 2 out of 3 aint' bad!
          knightrider_6
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          Ford would have died along ig GM and Chrysler went belly up. Right wingers can deny it all they want but that's the truth. Yes, GM made horrible products 10 years ago. But they are owning their mistakes and recalling all affected models. Despite all the negative publicity they sales have been up. As far as city of Detroit is concerned, that's result of poor management and corporate greed topped with an incompetent governor like Snyder.
          r_dezi
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          Been to Detroit several times for the auto show. The downtown is sad. Historical buildings left empty, sidewalks empty, public transit empty, I wish this city will one day come back to life.
        churchmotor
        • 5 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Detroit bailouts are not even done, Next is the 100 BILLION they are seeking from the rest of the country to fund their failed Socialist experiment.
        merlot066
        • 5 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        The American automotive industry was in absolute shambles in the early 2000s. GM was running around with 9 divisions either making the same thing over and over again (Trailblazer, Envoy, Rainier, 9-7X, Ascender, Bravada) or investing obscene amounts of money on niche products that didn't sell or ruined GM's image (Chevy SS-R, Hummer H2). Chrysler was being leached to death by Daimler and was making some of the worst cars on the road. Ford was beginning its turnaround with products like the Fusion but had plenty of bad years before that as well (the whole "let's buy a bunch of European brands that we don't know how to manage and completely ignore Lincoln in the process" plan, cost them a fortune). Romney's point was that the American car brands dug themselves into a massive hole over many years and that we should not be rewarding irresponsibility with a free handout. In the end, GM and Chrysler were bailed out enough to tide them over until President Bush was out of office but not enough for them to restructure and get on their feet. They went through bankruptcy anyway and were forced to make drastic changes to their businesses, like what Romney wanted. Thank you for making this political for absolutely no reason. I hope I've cleared this up for you. I'd insert a list of things that Obama has said that are wrong but I don't feel like wasting 30 seconds on that.
          knightrider_6
          • 5 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          No. Romney said that Federal government should not be give money to these automakers and let them get money from banks and other private institutions. At that time, none of the bank or private investor was willing to do that. When Romney talks about bankruptcy, he means shutting down factories, selling assets, laying off people, stealing their retirement funds and hiding all that money in offshore accounts. So don't even try to equate what GM went through with what Romney had intended. If right wingers can politicize a terrorist attack on an embassy or a mass shooting at an elementary school, I sure can make this political.
          delsolo1
          • 5 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          The man practically invented the flip flop, does anyone really know where Romney stood on the issues
          icemilkcoffee
          • 5 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          "Thank you for making this political for absolutely no reason" You cannot mention the domestic automakers' resurgence, without mentioning the Obama administration's role in rescuing them in 2009. This is recent history. Not politics.
      csrecord
      • 5 Months Ago
      Heard from a Foreman. "Crank'em out boys, we'll recall them later!"
      luigi.tony
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why is there a picture of a Jeep assembly line in a topic about DETROIT Automakers?
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Next time some one tells you that working on a line is hard work remember the picture above of the assisted machine that does all the work.
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        If you push a pen for a living or tap on a keyboard, don't ever say you work hard for a living. The guy in the photo is already working harder then you.
          BahamaTodd
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          You're right. Pushing a pen or tapping on a keyboard isn't hard work. The hard work is in the ideas and decisions communicated by those methods. "Hard work" comes in many forms, but it all comes down to the value of that work.
        Karfreek
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        Buthis UAW rep told him that he works hard...
      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      Knightrider_6, remember when Obama claimed the USA INVENTED the Automobile. remember when Obama claimed he would fix our energy problems by encouraging everyone to properly inflate their car tires. . . .
      FordGo
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm seeing a lot of Chevy Volts and Ford CMax's now. Good to see AMERICA cut the funds to Arab Terrorists!
      Ted Smith
      • 5 Months Ago
      waiting to see how the redesign Camaro will look like, hope its a 70 camaro split bumper retro
      Mr Sled
      • 5 Months Ago
      Except for Vipers
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