GM, Ford extend holiday shutdowns at several N.A. plants December 20, 2013, 1:44 pm EST GM and Ford are extending holiday downtime at several North American assembly plants to keep car inventories in check. Chrysler Group is adding production shifts over the holidays at plants in Ohio and Michigan that build Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups.
Post-holiday push to drive December U.S. sales higher December 20, 2013, 1:42 pm EST U.S. auto sales are projected to increase as much as 5 percent in December, according to several analysts' forecasts, with most of the purchases taking place in the week after Christmas. The forecasts call for light-vehicle sales of about 1.