Automakers lose nearly 15,000 units Tuesday

Widespread assembly plant shutdowns on Tuesday after the terrorist attacks cost automakers the production of nearly 15,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada.

Ford Motor Co. lost the most - approximately 8,400 vehicles - as it shut all 19 of its U.S. and Canadian plants for one shift on Tuesday.

Ford's Wixom, Mich., and Oakville, Ontario, plants were to remain closed Wednesday because of parts shortages. The two plants build about 950 vehicles per day. The Wixom plant produces Ford's 2002 Thunderbird as well as all Lincoln products.

AutoAlliance International Inc., a joint venture between Ford and Mazda Motor Corp. in Flat Rock, Mich., was also closed. The plant produces about 200 cars per shift.

DaimlerChrysler AG lost the production of 4,700 vehicles as it closed down a shift at each of its 10 Chrysler group plants in the United States.

The automaker did not close down its Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala.

Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc. lost approximately 100 units as it was closed for the final two hours of the plant's first shift on Tuesday.

The closing of three General Motors plants - in Linden, N.J., Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore - cost the production of 825 units.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America lost the output of 925 vehicles as it cancelled the second shift at its Kentucky and Indiana plants. About 525 of those were Camry sedans, made in Georgetown, Ky. A second shift at the automaker's West Virginia engine plant was also cancelled.

Spokesman Jim Wiseman said the automaker closed the plants to avoid potential parts shortages stemming from border-crossing problems at various U.S.-Canada ports of entry.

--John D. Stoll contributed to this story

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