Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 344,840 units, down 0.9% from the 347,809 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 13,706,132 vehicles, down 1.1% from like-2003's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 251,943 vehicles last week, down 0.9% from the 254,130 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 US vehicle output totals an estimated 10,136,422 units, down 1.3% compared to the 10,275,046 vehicles built in like-2003.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 57,084, a decrease of 3.4% from the 59,086 units assembled last week.  Estimated calendar 2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,266,473 units, up 4.9% compared to the 2,161,120 vehicles produced in like-2003.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.1%; Ford Motor Co., 25.2%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.8%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.7%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.1%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.6%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.4%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; and other manufacturers, 2.5%.