Fiat Chrysler will halt production at its Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant for one week in order to better match the production pace of the Dodge Dart with demand. The seven-day halt will begin in April 18th.
“This is really due to the lack of small-car demand,” Fiat Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson told Crain’s Chicago Business. “We’re aligning production with demand and taking next week off.”
FCA plans on ending production of the Dart in order to free up the production space at its Belvidere plant for a more profitable vehicle such as a crossover or SUV. It’s not clear when the Dart will die off, but when it does, its replacement will likely be made in a non-FCA plant through a joint venture with another automaker.
In addition to the Dodge Dart, the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot are also made in Belvidere. The Compass and Patriot will also go out of production shortly, with its replacement being produced at a new FCA facility in Brazil.