Vehicle production last week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 145,611 units, up from the 21,157 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 145,611 vehicles, down 7.5% from like-2002's pace. In the US, automakers were expected to produce 102,462 vehicles last week, up substantially from the 2,010 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 US vehicle output totals an estimated 102,462 units, down 12.0% from the 116,434 vehicles built in like-2002.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 21,136, a substantial increase from the 270 units assembled the previous week.

Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 21,136 units, down 2.3% compared to the 21,628 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.9%; Ford Motor Co., 26.3%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.3%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.8%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.2%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.0%; 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., 1.1%; and other manufacturers, 2.0%.