Ford Motor Co. will halt production this week at its Atlanta assembly plant. It's the first time since the week that ended Nov. 10, 2001, that the plant, which builds the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable, will be down because of slow sales. It worked six straight weeks of overtime in 2002.
Ford's plant in Wayne, Mich., also will be down because of slow sales of the Ford Focus, which is produced there. The plant also was closed the week before Christmas because of slow sales. Year-to-date U.S. car and truck production reached 1 million on Thursday, Jan. 30. That was two days earlier than in 2002. Year-to-date car and truck production shares in North American are: General Motors, 32.8 percent; Ford, 24.9 percent; DaimlerChrysler, 15.2 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., 8.2 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 4.8 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 4.5 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.4 percent; Volkswagen, 1.0 percent; Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. Manufacturing Division, 1.2 percent; and others, 5.0 percent.
GM gained the most percentage points, 2.2, over the same period in 2002. Ford has lost the most percentage points, 2.1, over the same period in 2002. DaimlerChrysler is down 0.6 percentage points. The Big 3 is down 0.5 percentage points overall.