CHRYSLER CUTS EAGLE PRODUCTION

CHRYSLER CUTS EAGLE PRODUCTION

Chrysler Corp. is cutting production of the Eagle Premier, the flagship car of its new Jeep-Eagle division, because of slower-than-expected sales during a difficult image-building period.

For two weeks in June and again for a previously scheduled two-week vacation period in late July, Chrysler will close the brand-new former American Motors Corp. assembly plant inBramalea, Ontario, which builds Premier.Bramalea's assembly line will produce 50 fewer cars a day when the plant reopens after the shutdown during the weeks of June 13 and June 20, Chrysler spokesman Baron Bates said this week. Bramalea builds about 360 cars a day.

Through April 30, Bramalea had built more than 24,000 cars this year and dealers had sold less than 10,000. Sales had been increasing steadily throughout 1988, and Mr. Bates said Chrysler expected them to reach 5,000 cars a month by June.

At the end of both March and April, unsold inventories averaged 133 days' supply, twice the industry norm of about 60 to 65 days' supply.