DaimlerChrysler said on Wednesday it will idle its Jeep assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio next week due to a backlog of Cherokee and Wrangler sport utility vehicles.
The plant idling, which will result in the temporary layoff of about 2,800 of the 5,200 workers at the plant, comes a day after the German-American automaker reported a 12 percent drop in U.S. sales of its Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth brands for July.
Sales of the Jeep Cherokee fell 33 percent in July, while Wrangler sales dropped six percent.
Workers at the plant, who just returned to work this week after a four-week summer shutdown, two weeks longer than usual, will receive 95 percent of their pay during the layoff.
Earlier today, DaimlerChrysler announced new U.S. consumer incentives on its U.S. brands, including $1,500 cash back on its 2000 Jeep Cherokee and $625 back on the 6-cylinder automatic Jeep Wrangler.
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