Mercedes Benz U.S. International Inc. has reached its current full production capacity of the ML320 sport-utility at its plant in Vance, Ala. The plant is producing 270 trucks per day but, because of demand, production will be increased to 300 per day later this year.
General Motors' Wilmington, Del., plant, which produces the Chevrolet Malibu, was down for inventory adjustment last week.
Ford Motor Co. will suspend production at its Kansas City, Mo., plant (Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique) for the two weeks of April 20 and April 27 for inventory adjustment.
Chrysler Corp. halted production at the St. Louis (North) plant from the afternoon shift on Monday, April 13, until the second shift on Thursday, April 16, because of a parts shortage. The plant makes the Dodge Ram and Club Cab pickups.
U.S. car production for the year to date is down 5.7 percent from 1996 while year-to-date truck production is up 5.4 percent. Total North American car and truck production is up 0.4 percent (about 17,000 units) over 1996.