Mexico car and truck production reached the 1 million mark July 16, nine days earlier than last year. Mexico, with an 8.8 percent increase so far, is the only North American country showing a production gain over last year. U.S. output is down 13.2 percent, and Canadian production is down 14.0 percent.
North American van production reached 1 million Thursday, July 19. Van output is down 219,812 units from last year. This year, the 1 million mark took an additional 49 days to reach.
Two DaimlerChrysler plants ended production of 2001 models today, July 23: Pillette Avenue, Windsor, Ontario (Dodge Ram Vans and Wagons), and Lago Alberto, Mexico (Dodge Ram pickups). The automaker has not said how long these plants will be down.
Several General Motors plants ended production for 2001 models last week and will build begin building 2002 models today, July 23. Arlington, Texas (Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon) ended 2001 output Friday, July 20. The three lines in Janesville, Wis. (Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, medium-duty pickups; GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, medium-duty pickups; Isuzu medium-duty pickups) ended 2001 production Thursday, July 19.
Ford Motor Co. will suspend production this week at Avon Lake, Ohio (Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest) and Hermosillo, Mexico (Ford Escort ZX2 and Focus) because of slow sales.
CAMI Automotive Inc. returns to work today, July 23, after being off for a one-month summer shutdown. The plant, in Ingersoll, Ontario, began producing some 2002 model trucks in early June in conjunction with 2001 models. When work resumes today, only 2002 models will be built.