Beginning this week, Automotive News will publish estimated weekly production by model for Chrysler Corp., Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. Those companies have stopped releasing some weekly statistics. They will continue to issue monthly figures.
Automotive News bases its estimates on a variety of factors, including plant schedules, plant capacities, future model plans and previous production records.
Other changes in the production table include the addition of year-ago actual weekly production. Those figures are in italics.
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General Motors will close its Oshawa, Ontario, plant beginning today, May 18, for model changeover to the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The shutdown will last about three weeks.