Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. assembled the last U.S.-built Sentra Friday, March 19, in Smyrna, Tenn.
The Sentra had been produced both in Smyrna and in Aguasca-lientes, Mexico. The Mexico plant had produced a quarter of the Sentras sold in the United States.
Starting in April, the Mexican plant will build all U.S.-bound Sentras. The Altima will be the only car produced at the Smyrna plant, which also builds the Frontier pickup and will begin assembling the Xterra sport-utility April 19.
Ford Motor Co. produced its 1 millionth vehicle of the year on Thursday, March 18, eight days ahead of 1998.
North American year-to-date truck production reached 2 million on Saturday, March 20, eight days ahead of 1998.
Year-to-date car-truck production shares in North America are: General Motors, 33.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 26.9 percent; DaimlerChrysler, 18.2 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., 5.5 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 4.0 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.1 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 1.9 percent; Volkswagen, 1.9 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.1 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, 1.1 percent; and others, 3.6 percent.