North American car and truck manufacturers produced 12,289 fewer vehicles in May than they did last year. May production was 1,379,962 cars and trucks, down 0.8 percent from 1997.
North American truck production rose 8.8 percent in May, but car production declined 9.3 percent. Total May production dipped 7.4 percent from April of this year.
General Motors' Shreveport, La., plant is down this week (June 8) because of a shortage of transmissions for four-cylinder engines. The plant makes the Chevrolet S/T10, GMC Sonoma and Isuzu Hombre pickup trucks.
North American production shares for May were: General Motors, 32.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 28.6; Chrysler Corp, 19.3 percent; Honda of America Manufac-turing, 5.3 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, 2.8 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing, 2.6 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.0 percent; Volkswagen, 1.5 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.3 percent; other manufacturers, 3.9 percent.