Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 347,264 units, down from the 352,716 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 12,632,214 vehicles, up 6.2% from like-2001's pace. In the U.S., automakers were expected to produce 263,146 vehicles last week, up 0.8% from the 261,079 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 9,253,260 units, up 7.9% from the 8,572,194 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 51,642, a 6.8% decrease from the 55,437 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,010,950 units, up 3.3% compared to the 1,945,792 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.4%; Ford Motor Co., 26.9%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.0%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.4%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.1%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.8%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 1.8%.