General Motors began building the new GMC Yukon XL (which replaces the GMC Suburban) today, Nov. 22, in Janesville, Wis. Also today, GM started producing 2000 model Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans and GMC Yukons at the Janesville No. 1 plant. GM will halt production at the Janesville No. 2 plant this week because of a shortage of materials. The plant produces the Chevrolet Kodiak, GMC Topkick and Isuzu T series.
U.S. car production reached 5 million units on Tuesday, Nov. 16, five days earlier than in 1998.
Year-to-date car and truck production shares in North America are as follows: GM, 32.9 percent; Ford Motor Co., 26.0 percent; DaimlerChrysler, 18.0 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., 5.5 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 4.3 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 2.9 percent; Volkswagen, 2.3 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.1 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Inc., 1.1 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.0 percent; and others, 3.9 percent.