Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 322,248 units, down from the 348,492 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 6,808,769 vehicles, down 3.1% from like-2002's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 240,448 vehicles last week, down 9.4% from the 265,391 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,029,677 units, down 2.8% from the 5,172,311 vehicles built in like-2002.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 49,734, a 2.3% increase from the 48,594 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,082,277 units, down 4.0% compared to the 1,127,479 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.5%; Ford Motor Co., 25.2%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.9%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.3%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.4%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.9%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 0.9%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.8%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.5%; and other manufacturers, 1.6%.