Truck plants in North America ended 2016 running overtime
Record sales paces in the U.S., Canada and Mexico have kept plants busy. About 15 North American plants reportedly were running overtime through last week, nearly four times as many as the same period a year ago, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Most of those plants build trucks.
As trucks and SUVs were clear winners in sales last November most carmakers had to step up production to keep their inventories in shape.
Sales of the Cadillac Escalade were up 25 percent while sales of the Chevrolet Tahoe jumped 31 percent in November, GM revealed. At Toyota, Highlander sales jumped 67 percent.
Ford revealed its F-Series pickup deliveries were up 11 percent as the new F-250 and F-350 went on sale.
Also on November, All Fiat Chrysler brands saw double-digit percentage declines except Ram, which was up 12 percent on strong sales of pickups.
At Hyundai, sales of the Sonata and Elantra sedans fell, but the Santa Fe and Tucson SUVs both saw double-digit percentage gains.