General Motors is scheduled to begin building the Saturn Vue this week. The sport-utility will be built in Spring Hill, Tenn., along with the Saturn S series.
Nissan Motor Manufacturing produced 5,101 Altimas during the week ending Saturday, Oct. 20. It was the largest weekly production figure for the car since it began production in June 1992, beating a record set the week ending Saturday, Sept. 22, of 4,448.
For the first time since the second week of January, fewer plants will be down compared with last year. This week only five plants will be down. DaimlerChrysler and General Motors each will have two idle plants. AutoAlliance International Inc. also will be down (see table below for models). In the same week of 2000, 10 plants were down because of slow sales.
In September GM built 14,310 Chevrolet Avalanches; 7,951 Buick Rendezvous models; and 1,204 Pontiac Azteks. In the first nine months of 2001 the totals were: Avalanche, 63,806; Rendezvous, 37,225; and Aztek, 13,437. The three vehicles are assembled only in Mexico.
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