Although there are many new vehicle assembly plants located in the South, the Midwest region continues to produce about two-thirds of all light vehicles. The year 2009 was the low point for vehicle production for the Midwest and the South. By 2011, overall production returned to the 2008 level; at that time, the Midwest was 18% below the 2007 production level and the South was 12% lower. The only manufacturing facility in the West was shut down in 2011.

U.S. Light Vehicle Production by Region, 2007 - 2011

Notes: Midwest includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
South includes Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Delaware, and Virginia.
West includes California only. For 2011, Tesla did not report production information.
No light vehicles are currently manufactured in the Northeast Region.


Supporting Information

U.S. Light Vehicle Production by Region, 2007 - 2011
(Thousands of Vehicles)
Census Region20072008200920102011
Source: Ward's Automotive Group.

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