Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 365,228 units, up from the 328,475 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 15,406,670 vehicles, up 6.9% from like-2001's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 275,149 vehicles last week, up 17.6% from the 234,030 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 US vehicle output totals an estimated 11,304,574 units, up 9.0% from the 10,369,335 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 58,259, a 2.0% decrease from the 59,453 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,445,949 units, up 3.8% compared to the 2,357,528 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.2%: Ford Motor Co., 29.0%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.8%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.1%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.9%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.8%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.5%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; and other manufacturers, 1.5%.