North American car and truck production dropped 11.3 percent in April. But Easter fell the last week of March in 2002, so the large decline may be misleading. Two years ago, Easter also was in April; North American production was up 2.6 percent in April 2003 compared with April 2001.
U.S. car production dropped 19.8 percent; Canadian car production was down 9.0 percent; Mexican car production was down 29.0 percent; and North American car production fell 19.1 percent.
U.S. truck production dropped 1.9 percent; Canadian truck production was down 14.9 percent; Mexican truck production fell 14.2 percent; and North American truck production was down 4.6 percent.
U.S. car and truck production was down 9.4 percent; Canadian car and truck production fell 11.8 percent; and Mexican car and truck production was down 23.6 percent. Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. built 27,708 cars during April at its Smyrna, Tenn., plant. The last time there was a larger production month was April 1997, when 27,912 cars were built. In 1997, it took three cars, the Nissan Altima, Sentra and 200SX to produce 205 cars more than the Sentra and Maxima produced in 2003. General Motors will halt production this week at its Baltimore plant because of slow sales of the Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari.