North American car and truck production in February slipped 1.7 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,397,838 vehicles. Following January's 1.1 percent drop, February marked the first time since September-October 2009 that output fell for two consecutive months.
Contributing to the lower output: Ford's Kansas City, Mo., plant was on changeover; Fiat Chrysler's Windsor, Ontario, plant was down part of the month; and Honda expected an output loss of about 30,000 vehicles because a strike at West Coast ports had delayed parts shipments.
February car production fell 7.5 percent in the U.S. but rose 9.0 percent in Canada and 19 percent in Mexico. North American car output rose 1.0 percent. Truck output dropped 2.5 percent in the U.S. and 20 percent in Canada but rose 6.9 percent in Mexico. North American truck production fell 3.6 percent. Vehicle output fell 4.4 percent in the U.S. and 9.0 percent in Canada but rose 14 percent in Mexico.