This year's total for North American car and truck production passed the 5 million mark on Monday, April 23. That was 19 days later than last year. So far this year, production is down 14.9 percent, or 927,798 units, from last year's levels. A year ago, North American automakers reached the 6 million unit mark on April 25.
On Thursday, April 26, General Motors ended production of the Chevrolet Lumina at Oshawa, Ontario, Line 2. Production of the mid-sized sedan started in January 1989. Since then, approximately 2,192,732 Luminas were assembled. In 1998, Lumina production ended at Oshawa's Line 1. The Chevrolet Impala took its place there.
While both plants were in production, more than 200,000 Luminas were produced in every year but two: in 1989, the startup year, when 196,411 were built; and in 1994, a changeover year, when 95,625 were built.
The Lumina became a fleet-only vehicle in 1999. Its production numbers fell sharply. In 2000, the last full year of Lumina production, only 45,871 were built. An estimated 12,522 were produced this year.
Oshawa's Line 2 continues to build the Buick Century and Buick Regal. General Motors will halt production of those cars for the next two weeks because of slow sales. The plant has been down four times already this year for the same reason.