North American auto makers built 1,423,256 light vehicles in April, including 638,777 cars and 784,479 trucks, up 13.7% from year-ago.
The gain partly was due to more production days than in 2012, as Easter fell in March this year instead of April.
- ’s Flat Rock Assembly joint-venture plant saw a decline from year-ago, having dropped production of the Mazda6 sedan. However, Ford Mustang output rose 6.7% in April. Output will be boosted by the addition of the new Ford Fusion in late August.
Detroit Three production grew 11% in April, compared with like-2012.enjoyed the biggest gain, up 19.7%, with 263,553 cars and light trucks. rose 12.7% to 215,858 units and , which barely held onto its top manufacturer ranking last month, was up 2.5% to 270,096.
Unlike Ford and, GM built fewer vehicles in April than March, most likely to control inventory. Additionally, its Saltillo, Mexico, plant phased out production of the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups in order to ramp up for new versions of the trucks this month.
Among the transplants,and recorded their first monthly double-digit gains for the year. Toyota built 164,993 vehicles in April, up 13.8%, marking the first month since September 2012 that it surpassed Honda, up 17.3% to 160,764.
North American production through the first four months rose 4.1% to 5,417,728 units from like-2012.
U.S. output climbed 16.4% to 976,508 units in April from year-ago, with the 4-month total rising 6.5% to 3,669,523. Mexico improved 15.9% to 237,587 in the month and rose 5.4% to 963,419 through April. Canada inched up 0.5% to 209,161 in the month, but fell 6.8% to 784,786 year-to-date.