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February 3, 2012

North Americas Top Producing Auto Plants

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Written by: Pete
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Not a surprise to most considering Volkswagen just finished 2011 with their best year ever now becoming the largest auto company in the world and having a record year in the United States, Volkswagen has claimed another volume-related title, top producing auto plant in North America, reports WardsAuto.

Volkswagen’s Puebla, Mexico facility produced 510,041 cars in 2011.  The plant that assembles primarily Volkswagen Jettas beat out the second highest producing plant, Nissans Aguascalientes, Mexico plant by 149,245 units with a total production of 360,796.  That plant is responsible for Nissan Sentras as well as several European cars for Renault, Nissans parent company.

Ford’s Dearborn, MI truck plant produced the third most vehicles in 2011 with 344,446 units.  That plant is responsible for Ford F-Series pickups as well as any of their truck-based SUVs.  With the tumultuous year that Honda and Toyota had, Hyundai was able to snag the fourth spot with 338,127 units coming from their Montgomery, Alabama plant that produces many different Hyundai and Kia models.  Nissan was even able to snag not only the second spot but the fifth spot with their Smyrna, TN plant as well with 333,885 units.

These numbers are in a stark contrast to last years’ figures where both Toyota and Hodna were present in the top 5.  A decrease in sales and production capacity has allowed new comer Hyundai to make their way onto the list and Nissan with their two of five plants.

Compared to last year, the Publa, Mexico plant for Volkswagen represents an increase in production of 75,356.  Last year they were the highest producing plant as well.  This increase is largely due to the increased popularity of the Volkswagen Jetta and the recreation of the Volkswagen Beetle.

Geographically speaking for North American production, Ontario, Canada was the highest producing region, Michigan was second, and Ohio was the third.

Unfortunately not all good news here as there were five plants that had zero production output this year.  Ford’s Wayne and Louisville Assembly Plants, Chrysler’s Conner Ave. Plant in Detroit, and former NUMMI’s two plants in Fremont, CA all saw no production this year as they closed their doors.

For more detailed information, please visit WardsAuto .

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