Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 121,344 units, up from the 74,363 cars and trucks built last week when most manufacturers were closed for summer shutdowns and model year changeovers, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 9,906,860 vehicles, up 4.7 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 78,657 vehicles this week, an increase of 196.0 percent from the 26,576 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 7,209,474 units, up 3.5 percent from the 6,964,693 vehicles built in like-1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 11,524, a 7.6 percent decrease from the 12,475 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,693,054 units, up 2.6 percent from the 1,649,657 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 0.0 percent; Ford Motor Co., 0.0 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 28.2 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 17.7 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 16.4 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 9.8 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 8.5 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.0 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 6.5 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 1.9 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 2.1 percent; and other manufacturers, 8.9 percent.

NORTH AMERICA FACTORY PRODUCTION

This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Pct. Change

Estimated Revised Last Year 2000 1999 2000 vs. 1999

U.S.

Cars 40,438 7,709 31,345 3,105,766 3,019,262 2.9

Trucks 38,219 18,867 30,403 4,103,708 3,945,431 4.0

TOTAL 78,657 26,576 61,748 7,209,474 6,964,693 3.5

Canada

Cars 7,352 9,734 7,873 880,973 881,390 --

Trucks 4,172 2,741 3,129 812,081 768,267 5.7

TOTAL 11,524 12,475 11,002 1,693,054 1,649,657 2.6

Mexico

Cars 20,741 19,709 13,469 617,756 564,219 9.5

Trucks 10,422 15,603 8,403 386,576 279,952 38.1

TOTAL 31,163 35,312 21,872 1,004,332 844,171 19.0

U.S.\Canada\Mexico

Cars 68,531 37,152 52,687 4,604,495 4,464,871 3.1

Trucks 52,813 37,211 41,935 5,302,365 4,993,650 6.2

GRAND 121,344 74,363 94,622 9,906,860 9,458,521 4.7

TOTAL

Note: All figures include medium- and heavy-duty truck production.