Ford Motor Co.'s plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, worked only one of its usual two shifts the weeks of April 20 and April 27. The plant, which produces the Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest minivans, was down for two weeks in late January and early February because of slow sales and operated on one shift during most of those two months.
Chrysler Corp. built its 1-millionth vehicle of 1998 in North America on Monday, April 27, which was 10 days earlier than in 1997.
U.S. car and truck manufacturers assembled their 4-millionth vehicle of the year on Tuesday, April 28, one day earlier than last year. Truck production is up 8.0 percent, and car production is down 6.2 percent. North American car and truck production is 1.5 percent ahead of the year-ago period.
North American production shares for the year to date are: General Motors, 34.3 percent; Ford Motor Co., 27.2 percent; Chrysler Corp., 17.4 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing, 5.3 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing, 3.5 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, 3.5 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.3 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing, 1.3 percent; Volkswagen, 1.3 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.2 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.7 percent.