Worldwide production of new vehicles rose 3.4 percent in 2000. Production in seven major regions totaled 59.8 million vehicles, up from 57.8 million the year before.
The biggest increases occurred in the Middle East, up 29.4 percent, and Central/South America, up 21.5 percent. The smallest increases were posted in North America and Western Europe. Production in each of those regions rose 0.3 percent.
Among the world's 10 largest producers, only one - DaimlerChrysler - reported a decline last year. Its output fell 3.1 percent from 1999 levels.
Production at PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA increased 12.8 percent. The increase pushed the French automaker past Nissan and Fiat to rank as the world's sixth largest producer of vehicles in 2000.