DaimlerChrysler built its 10,000th Chrysler Prowler on Tuesday, June 26. The car, built at the Conner Avenue plant in Detroit, began production five years ago under the Plymouth nameplate. In January, the car switched to the Chrysler nameplate.
DaimlerChrysler ended production of the Plymouth Neon, and the Plymouth nameplate, Thursday, June 28. There were 615,151 Plymouth Neons produced over eight years. The Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant will continue producing the Dodge Neon and the export-only right-hand-drive Chrysler Neon.
All of General Motors' car plants have switched to 2002 model year production except the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant that builds the Chevrolet Chevy and its Joy, Swing, Pop, station wagon and pickup variants. The plant will change over July 26.
Of GM's truck plants, only Doraville, Ga., (Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Montana) and Ft. Wayne, Ind., (Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra) are producing 2002 models. Baltimore (Chevrolet Astro, GMC Safari) and Linden, N.J. (Chevrolet Blazer and S10; GMC Jimmy and Sonoma), will change over during the summer shutdown.
Monday, July 2, starts the summer shutdown schedule for many manufacturers ranging from one week to a month.