Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 313,036 units, down from the 337,373 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 16,113,560 vehicles, up 1.4 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 209,404 vehicles this week, a decrease of 13.6 percent from the 242,412 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 11,696,697 units, down 0.7 percent from the 11,773,942 vehicles built in like-1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 63,171, a 19.7 percent increase from the 52,753 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,688,221 units, down 1.6 percent compared to the 2,730,843 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.4 percent; Ford Motor Co., 27.1 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.3 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.3 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 2.1 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.4 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 1.0 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.1 percent.

This Week Estimated Last Week Revised Same Week Last Year To Date 2000 To Date 1999 Pct. Change2000 vs. 1999
U.S.            
Cars 93,333 100,214 110,055 5,094,677 5,098,259 -0.1
Trucks 116,071 142,198 140,963 6,602,020 6,675,683 -1.1
TOTAL 209,404 242,412 251,018 11,696,697 11,773,942 -0.7
Canada            
Cars 32,843 28,691 36,698 1,400,386 1,458,787 -4
Trucks 30,328 24,062 33,706 1,287,835 1,272,056 1.2
TOTAL 63,171 52,753 70,404 2,688,221 2,730,843 -1.6
Mexico            
Cars 22,642 23,643 21,211 1,020,600 899,668 13.4
Trucks 17,819 18,565 8,000 708,042 485,639 45.8
TOTAL 40,461 42,208 29,211 1,728,642 1,385,307 24.8
U.S.\Canada\Mexico            
Cars 148,818 152,548 167,964 7,515,663 7,456,714 0.8
Trucks 164,218 184,825 182,669 8,597,897 8,433,378 2
GRAND TOTAL 313,036 337,373 350,633 16,113,560 15,890,092 1.4