Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 339,831 units, up from the 309,044 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 7,304,463 vehicles, down 14.6 percent from like-2000's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 244,123 vehicles this week, up 15.5 percent from the 211,324 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,251,175 units, down 16.0 percent from the 6,250,878 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 58,775, a 2.1 percent decrease from the 60,063 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,227,552 units, down 17.2 percent compared to the 1,483,253 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 35.2 percent; Ford Motor Co., 24.9 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 16.2 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.3 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.8 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.0 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.9 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.4 percent.

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