Volvo Car Corp. closed its plant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dec. 11. Production began in 1963, and 263,641 cars have been assembled there. The plant's biggest year was 1975, when 13,763 cars were built.
Volvo said it is no longer economically feasible to produce cars for the Canadian market in Halifax. Two hundred employees worked at the plant. Production of the Volvo S70 and V70 will be shifted to Sweden.
North American car and truck production set another record last week, topping the peak reached just one week earlier. Last week's estimate of 386,801 beat the previous week's total by 2,292.
The industry also set North American production records the weeks of Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.
Ford Motor Co. will halt production at its Wayne, Mich., plant from Dec. 21 through Jan. 18 to retool for the new Ford Focus, which will be produced in mid-1999. On Jan. 19, the plant will resume output of the 1999 Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer.
All North American car and truck plants will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 3 in observance of Christmas and New Year's.
North American car and truck production for December reached 1 million on Friday, Dec. 19, the same date as last year.