February production of cars and trucks in North America totaled 1,214,712, the lowest for that month since 1993, when 1,087,270 were built.
Last month's output was down 22 percent from February 2000.
U.S. car and truck production was down 27 percent; Canadian car and truck production was down 23.9 percent and Mexico car and truck production was up 27.8 percent.
For the first time in 2001, more plants are working overtime than are down for inventory adjustments - 10 on overtime and three idle. Ford Motor Co. worked overtime at three car and four truck plants. Dearborn, Mich. (Ford Mustang) and Kansas City, Mo. (Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute) have been working regular daily overtime all year long.
Added last week were: St. Thomas, Ontario (Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis); Wayne, Mich. (Ford Focus); Louisville, Ky. (Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer); Norfolk, Va. (Ford F series); and St. Louis (Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer).
General Motors has three plants working overtime this week. Bowling Green, Ky. (Chevrolet Corvette) and Arlington, Texas (Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon) are working daily overtime. Janesville, Wis. (line 1, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Yukon and Yukon XL) will work Friday, March 16.