Year-to-date production of trucks in the United States reached 3 million units on Tuesday, May 28, 22 days earlier than in 2001. General Motors' Linden, N.J., plant dropped from two shifts to one Tuesday, May 28. It produces the Chevrolet Jimmy and S10 and the GMC Blazer and Sonoma. After working 20 consecutive weeks of overtime, GM's plants in Pontiac, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind., will work straight time. Both plants produce the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Year-to-date car and truck production shares in North America are: GM, 32.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 25.0 percent; DaimlerChrysler, 16.8 percent; Honda of American Manufacturing Inc., 6.7 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 5.3 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 4.4 percent; Volkswagen of America Inc., 2.2 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.0 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc., 1.2 percent; and others, 3.7 percent.
GM had the largest gain: 3 percentage points over the year-ago period. Ford lost the most percentage points, 1.3, while DaimlerChrysler was down 0.4. Overall, the Big 3 was up 1.2 percentage points.
For the transplants, Nissan gained the most percentage points - 0.6 of a percentage point - while Volkswagen lost the most, 0.5 of a percentage point. Overall, the transplants were down 1.2 percentage points over last year.