Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 255,223 units, up substantially from the 124,738 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 9,110,202 vehicles, down 1.6% from like-2003's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 191,038 vehicles this week, up from the 83,905 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 US vehicle output totals an estimated 6,746,432 units, down 0.4% compared to the 6,776,254 vehicles built in like-2003.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 38,883, an increase from the 19,162 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,507,034 units, up 0.9% compared to the 1,493,727 vehicles produced in like-2003.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 40.4%; Ford Motor Co., 24.6%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 4.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 8.3%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 0.0%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 7.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.2%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.6%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.1%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.1%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.5%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 3.4%.