Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico is expected to have hit an estimated 340,254 units, up from the 337,027 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 3,484,592 vehicles, down 1.1 percent from like-2002's pace.

In the US, automakers are expected to have produced 247,698 vehicles last week, down 0.7 percent from the 249,496 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 2,569,953 units, down 0.4 percent from the 2,580,653 vehicles built in like-2002.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 53,365, a 9.4 percent increase from the 48,799 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 537,932 units, down 5.8 percent compared to the 571,306 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 29.5 percent; Ford Motor Co., 29.2 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 15.3 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.2 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.3 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5 percent; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.1 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.3 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.5 percent.