Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana Inc. has begun producing the Toyota Tundra full-sized pickup truck. Twenty-five were produced the week of Feb. 8; the current rate is 15 per day. Toyota plans to build about 100,000 trucks this year. The Tundra will reach dealerships in May.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. has reached capacity build of the M-class sport-utility at its plant in Vance, Ala. It is producing 376 per day. The plant opened in February 1997.
Year-to-date North American car and truck production reached 2 million on Monday, Feb. 15, two days earlier than in 1998. North American year-to-date car production reached 1 million on Wednesday, Feb. 17, one day later than last year.
Here's how year-to-date production compares with last year: U.S. car is down 3.9 percent; Canada car is up 12.2 percent; Mexico car is down 21 percent; North American car is down 2.9 percent.
U.S. truck is up 8.8 percent; Canada truck is up 17.2 percent; Mexico truck is down 5.5 percent. North American truck is up 9.2 percent.
U.S. car and truck is up 2.8 percent. Canada car and truck is up 14.4 percent. Mexico car and truck is down 15.7 percent. North American car and truck is up 3.1 percent.