Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 350,956 units, down from the 352,512 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 13,348,942 vehicles, up 6.4% from like-2001's pace.

In the US, vehicle makers were expected to produce 258,912 units last week, up 1.6% from the 254,828 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 US vehicle output totals an estimated 9,776,809 units, up 8.0% from the 9,052,617 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 53,727, an 8.9% decrease from the 58,988 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,124,216 units, up 4.4% compared to the 2,034,228 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 35.3%; Ford Motor Co., 30.6%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.1%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.6%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.2%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.9%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 1.5%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.9%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 1.6%.