General Motors announced Thursday, Dec. 7, that it has scheduled production of 1,301,000 vehicles in North America in the first quarter of 2001, down 14.5 percent from 1,521,000 in the year-earlier period. GM plans to build 635,000 cars, down 14.9 percent, and 666,000 trucks, down 14.1 percent.
November car and truck production in North America was 8.0 percent lower than in November 1999. Makers built 1,409,398 cars and trucks, down 11.7 percent from October. November's output was the lowest for a normal month since January 1999. The vacation months of July 1999 and July 2000 also were lower.
In November, U.S. car production was down 13.8 percent; Canada car production was down 15.5 percent; Mexico car production was up 33.2 percent; and North America car production was down 8.1 percent.
U.S. truck production was down 12.3 percent; Canada truck production was down 3.6 percent; Mexico truck production was up 49.0 percent; and North America truck production was down 7.9 percent.
U.S. car and truck production was down 13.0 percent; Canada car and truck production was down 10.2 percent; and Mexico car and truck production was up 37.7 percent.
DaimlerChrysler's Pillette Avenue plant in Windsor, Ontario, will be down this week for inventory adjustment. It produces Dodge Ram Vans and Ram Wagons
Ford Motor Co. worked daily overtime at its Kansas City, Mo., plant for the Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute. The Ford F-series pickup, which also is produced at the plant, was on a normal schedule.