Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 326,688 units, up from the 304,023 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 9,869,272 vehicles, up 5.1% from like-2001's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 249,122 vehicles last week, up 4.0% from the 239,599 cars and trucks built the previous week.

To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 7,233,615 units, up 7.3% from the 6,738,623 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 41,965, a 6.2% increase from the 39,522 units assembled the previous week.

Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,568,874 units, up 1.5% compared to the 1,545,818 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.1%; Ford Motor Co., 28.7%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.5%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.5%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.4%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.8%; and other manufacturers, 1.4%.