Vehicle production this week in the US, Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 330,815 units, down from the 349,920 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 4,871,597 vehicles, up 0.3% from like-2002's pace. In the US, automakers are expected to produce 238,007 vehicles this week, down 6.7% from the 255,128 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2003 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 3,585,290 units, up 0.6% from the 3,562,227 vehicles built in like-2002.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 54,201, a 5.6% decrease from the 57,416 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 766,241 units, down 2.5% compared to the 786,234 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.6%; Ford Motor Co., 28.3%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 11.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.4%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.8%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.9%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.3%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.9%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.4%; and other manufacturers, 2.1%.