North American Car and Truck Production

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North American Car and Light-Truck Production

The North American Car and Truck Production was steady from Jan. 2019 to March 2020, averaging a total of 1,170,404 trucks and cars each month, with truck production exceeding car production by an average of 615,804 each month. Total production dramatically decreased to 4,840 in April 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions forcing manufacturing facilities and plants to cease nonessential production or shutdown. Since their reopening in mid-May 2020, production has returned to its pre-COVID levels with truck production at 972,684 and car production at 303,059 in July 2020. Total vehicle production reached 1,275,743 in July 2020.


July 2019 shows a sudden decrease in production, however, this is consistent with previous years. Total production in July 2018 was 1,102,668; 1,076,196 in July 2017; and 1,189,154 in July 2016. This is likely due to the yearly weeklong Fourth of July shutdown.

Despite the 40-day UAW strike against GM from Sept. 15 to Oct. 25, 2019, there was not a dramatic decrease in production. Truck production decreased 111,750 from Aug. 2019 to Sept. 2019, however, it returned to its steady production rate of 1,030,879 in Oct. 2019.

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