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N.A. output off 6.2% in August

North American car and truck production in August decreased 6.2 percent from the same month last year.

Car production fell sharply in each market. U.S. output was off 14.5 percent, Canadian car production was down 15.2 percent, and Mexican car production dropped 18.8 percent.

Truck output, meanwhile, rose in the United States and Mexico by an equal margin, 2.9 percent. Canadian truck output fell 0.1 percent, dragging the combined North American gain for the month to 2.5 percent. For the second consecutive month, North American truck production has been up over the year-ago month.

Combined U.S. car and truck production was down 4.9 percent for August. Canadian light vehicle output fell 8.2 percent, and Mexico output fell 11.4 percent.

  • Production of pickups in Canada and the United States reached 2 million on Thursday, Sept. 6. This is nearly seven weeks later than in 2000.

  • Volkswagen AG and union negotiators reached an agreement Wednesday, Sept. 5, to end a 19-day strike that halted production at VW's plant in Puebla, Mexico. A union leader said production resumed the same day.

  • General Motors will halt production at its Janesville, Wis., No. 2 plant this week because of slow sales. That line produces Chevrolet, GMC and Isuzu medium-duty trucks.
  • You can reach Debi Domby at ddomby@crain.com

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