General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., plant will work overtime this week for the first time since the week that ended Nov. 9. The plant, which builds the Buick LeSabre and Cadillac DeVille and Seville, has been down a week in each of the past two months for inventory adjustment, most recently the week that ended March 15. It has been more than seven months since GM's Oshawa No. 2 plant in Ontario has worked overtime, but that changes this week. The last time the plant worked overtime was the week that ended Sept. 7.
Since February the plant has been building the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, along with the Buick Century and Regal. Volkswagen halted production because of slow sales at its Pueblo, Mexico, plant last week, and it will be down again this week. The plant produces the VW Jetta, New Beetle and New Beetle convertible, and the Beetle sedan (for the Mexican market). Year-to-date GM North American truck production reached 1 million on Thursday, April 17. That was nine days earlier than in 2002.