Fiat Chrysler today announced it will extend the temporary shutdown of the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan by another three weeks to a total of nine weeks, Reuters reports.
The Sterling Heights plant was original scheduled to re-open on March 14th after being shutdown on February 1st, however that date has now been pushed back to April 4th. The halt in production was originally put in place to account for low demand for the 200, which is reflective of current demand for cars and sedans in general in North America.
Last month FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne announced his company would eventually end production of the 200, along with the compact Dodge Dart, in order to free up its production sites to make room for more trucks and SUVs. Marchionne is currently looking for a fellow automaker to jointly produce replacements for the 200 and Dart with.