North American car and truck production rose 3 percent in April from a year earlier to 1,021,078 units. It was the 18th month in a row to post a year-over-year increase, but the lowest unit total of any month this year, reflecting sporadic output cuts related to the earthquake in Japan.
Car production dropped 10 percent in the United States and 16 percent in Canada, but rose 26 percent in Mexico. North American car output fell 2 percent.
Truck output rose 13 percent in the United States, dropped 10 percent in Canada and rose 3 percent in Mexico. North American truck production rose 8 percent.
Vehicle output rose 4 percent in the United States and 17 percent in Mexico, but dropped 13 percent in Canada.