Motor-vehicle production in North America was estimated at 324,971 units last week, 1.9 percent below the prior week. The dip was due primarily to a 5.2 percent decline in Canadian output as workers celebrated the Victoria Day holiday last Monday.
North American car output was slated at 168,819 last week, 4.0 percent below the previous week and 4.6 percent below 1996.
So far this year, 3,384,804 cars have been assembled, 0.5 percent or 16,239 units behind last year.
North American truck production was estimated at 156,152 last week, 0.4 percent above the prior week and 6.5 percent above the year-ago week. Year-to-date, 3,090,190 trucks have been assembled in the United States, Canada and Mexico, 4.6 percent above 1996 at this point.
General Motors' Oklahoma City car plant and Pontiac (East) truck plant are still idle because of a strike by UAW members.
Automotive News estimates that 29,500 Chevrolet Malibu and Oldsmobile Cutlass sedans have been lost at Oklahoma City since the walkout began April 4, and 31,000 full-sized pickup trucks have been lost at Pontiac (East) since the walkout began April 21.
Today, May 26, is Memorial Day. U.S. plants are closed.