Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 351,537 units, up from the 308,348 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 5,262,859 vehicles, down 16.4 percent from like-2000's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 256,584 vehicles this week, up 15.9 percent from the 221,364 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 3,759,578 units, down 18.3 percent from the 4,603,764 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 57,117, a 19.6 percent increase from the 47,769 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 893,678 units, down 18.8 percent compared to the 1,100,143 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 30.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 31.2 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 15.0 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.3 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.0 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.3 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 2.0 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.9 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.8 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.6 percent.

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