Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. built its 5-millionth vehicle Monday, Nov. 27. It was a yellow 2001 supercharged Nissan Frontier 4x4 Crew Cab. The plant, in Smyrna, Tenn., also builds the Nissan Altima sedan and Xterra sport-utility.
Ford Motor Co. begins production of the Ford Ikon today, Dec. 4, at its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico. The small car is for the Mexican market.
DaimlerChrysler announced plant closures on Friday, Dec. 1. This week plants in Newark, Del. (Dodge Durango), and St. Louis (Dodge Ram Quad Cab) will be down.