Preliminary North American car and truck production figures for 1998 show a decline of 1.5 percent from final 1997 numbers. The 1998 total was 15,718,961, down from 15,958,503.
Car production was down 2.8 percent, and truck production was down 0.2 percent.
General Motors, AutoAlliance International Inc. and New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. have not released their final production totals for 1998.
DaimlerChrysler AG's production rose 9.8 percent. DaimlerChrysler Corp. was up 8.3 percent.
Ford Motor Co. production was down 66,160 vehicles, or 1.5 percent. Ford's U.S. car production was down 6.1 percent, but truck output was up 2.0 percent. In Canada, Ford cars were up 1.8 percent, and trucks were down 1.1 percent.
General Motors' preliminary figures show production down 9.0 percent, or nearly 500,000 vehicles, from 1997. The reason: Last summer's strikes.
Production shares for 1998, based on preliminary figures: General Motors, 31.5 percent, Ford Motor Co., 27.5 percent; DaimlerChrysler AG, 19.0 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., 5.6 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 4.1 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.3 percent; Volkswagen of America Inc., 1.8 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.4 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.1 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc., 1.0 percent; others, 1.6 percent.
Most U.S. manufacturing plants are off today, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.