North American car and truck production in April showed an increase of 15.7 percent, or 211,560 units, over April 2001. The 1,559,933 production volume was 2.7 percent higher than the next best April, when 1,518,409 units were built. But the large percentage increase is somewhat misleading because the Easter holiday was in March this year and in April in 2001.
April was the first month since May 2000 in which every category shows an increase over the previous year. U.S. car production rose 14.6 percent; Canadian car production was up 19.2 percent; Mexican car production rose 8.7 percent; and North American car production declined 14.5 percent.
U.S. truck production was up 17.7 percent; Canadian truck production rose 9.4 percent; Mexican truck production was up 23.2 percent; and North American truck production was up 16.7 percent.
U.S. car and truck production was up 16.3 percent; Canadian car and truck production was up 14.3 percent; and Mexican car and truck production rose 13.5 percent. The 20,710 Nissan Altimas produced in April was a record, surpassing January when 19,882 Altimas were built at Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn. plant. Ford Motor Co. stop building the Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis for the first four days of this week because of a component shortage. The plant, in St. Thomas, Ontario, will resume production May 21 after closing Friday, May 17, and Monday, May 20, for the Victoria Day holiday. General Motors' Spring Hill, Tenn., plant - which builds the Saturn Vue - and Oklahoma City, Okla., plant - which builds the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL - will work overtime this week for the first time since the trucks began production. The Vue began production in November, and the TrailBlazer EXT and Envoy XL began production in January. A total of 16 GM plants will work overtime this week.