Only four assembly plants are down this week compared with 10 last week. DaimlerChrysler halted production at Bramalea, Ontario (Chrysler 300M, Concorde, LHS; Dodge Intrepid), and Newark, Del. (Dodge Durango). General Motors plants down this week are Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich. (Buick LaSabre, Cadillac DeVille and Seville), and Shreveport, La. (Chevrolet S10, GMC Sonoma).
GM's Janesville, Wis., plant will work Saturday overtime on its sport-utility line (Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL).
Working daily overtime this week are Arlington, Texas (Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon); Bowling Green, Ky. (Chevrolet Corvette); Dearborn, Mich. (Ford Mustang); and Kansas City, Mo. (Ford Escape, Mazda Tribute).
Year-to-date car and truck production shares in North America are: General Motors, 30.5 percent; Ford Motor Co., 25.8 percent; DaimlerChrysler, 12.4 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., 8.1 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 5.9 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 4.6 percent; Volkswagen of America Inc., 3.4 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.4 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc., 1.4 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Inc., 1.3 percent; and others, 4.2 percent.
The Big 3 accounted for 68.7 percent of North American car and truck output, down from 75.3 percent at this time in 2000. Only GM's share has increased, rising 0.7 of a percentage point. DaimlerChrysler's share lost 6.7 percentage points, and Ford has lost 0.6 of a percentage point.