General Motors will begin production of the 2002 Cadillac Escalade sport-utility today, Dec. 18, at its plant in Arlington, Texas. Production of the 2000 model ended June 30 for the changeover, and no 2001 model was produced.
Ten North American car and light-truck plants will have a longer holiday vacation. The plants will be closed this week for inventory adjustments. DaimlerChrysler will close five plants: Belvidere, Ill. (Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth Neon), Bramalea, Ontario (Chrysler 300M, Concorde and LHS, and Dodge Intrepid), Detroit (Jefferson North, Jeep Grand Cherokee), St. Louis (North, Dodge Ram Quad Cabs) and Toledo, Ohio (Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler).
Ford Motor Co. will close two plants: Chicago (Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable) and Wixom, Mich. (Lincoln Continental, LS and Town Car).
General Motors will close three plants: Fairfax, Kan. (Oldsmobile Intrigue and Pontiac Grand Prix) and two plants in Lansing, Mich. (C and M, Chevrolet Malibu, Oldsmobile Alero and Pontiac Grand Am).