Year-to-date U.S. car production reached 1 million on Monday, March 17, six days later than in 2002. U.S. car production is down 128,740 units. Ford Motor Co. will halt production this week at its Hermosillo, Mexico, plant because of slow sales. The plant, which produces the Ford Escort ZX2 and Focus, has been down two other times this year because of slow sales. Year-to-date car and truck production shares in North America are: General Motors, 33.2 percent; Ford Motor Co., 24.1 percent; DaimlerChrysler, 15.3 percent; Honda of America Manufacturing Inc., 8.1 percent; Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc., 4.9 percent; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A., 4.0 percent; New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., 2.4 percent; Volkswagen of America, 1.9 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc., 1.2 percent; BMW Manufacturing Corp., 1.0 percent; and others, 3.9 percent.
GM showed the largest share increase over 2002, gaining 1.3 percent. Ford and DaimlerChrysler tied for the largest decrease with each company losing 1.4 percent over this period last year. Toyota was the only transplant to gain more than 1 percentage point, 1.1 percent, although NUMMI, Mitsubishi and CAMI also rose slightly.