North American vehicle production totaled 1,426,681 units in April, 6.0 percent above the previous month and 1.5 percent above the year-ago month.
Despite inventory adjustment downtime at General Motors and Ford Motor Co. and the strikes at Chrysler Corp. and GM, U.S. output in April was 5.8 percent higher than in the previous month.
U.S. car output in April was 550,928, up 8.5 percent from March. U.S. truck assembly totaled 530,539, up 3.1 percent from March.
Canadian vehicle production in April rose 9.1 percent from a month earlier and 6.6 percent from a year ago.
Mexican vehicle assembly was up 1.7 percent from March and 7.3 percent from April last year.
North American vehicle production last week was estimated at 312,813, down 1.9 percent from the previous week and down 10.4 percent from the year-ago week.
So far this year, 5,798,093 cars and trucks have been assembled in the United States, Canada and Mexico, 2.1 percent ahead of 1996 at this point.