North American car and truck output for September fell an estimated 17.6 percent over the same month last year. It is the second-lowest production month of the year, after July, when many companies closed for summer shutdown. This September's volume was the lowest since September 1993, when 1,195,830 vehicles were made. The last time monthly output dipped lower, except for months with a summer, Christmas week or strike-related shutdown, was January 1994 when only 1,206,361 vehicles were built.
These calculations are made based on estimated production numbers for the Chrysler group of DaimlerChrysler AG, which reports actual production figures this week.DaimlerChrysler will stop production at it St. Louis South plant (Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan) this week for slow sales. It is the first time in at least six years the plant has been closed for anything except model changeover.General Motors will work overtime at six plants this week: Bowling Green, Ky. (Chevrolet Corvette); Arlington, Texas (Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade); and Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra) will work daily overtime. Arlington; Fort Wayne; Oshawa, Ontario (line No. 1 - Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo); and Oshawa, Ontario (Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra) will work Saturday. Moraine, Ohio (Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada) will work on Sunday.
n GM will halt production at the Lansing, Mich., Craft Centre (Cadillac Eldorado) because of slow sales.