Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 358,546 units, up from the 334,266 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 11,568,169 vehicles, up 3.8 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 256,848 vehicles this week, an increase of 4.7 percent from the 245,277 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 8,419,469 units, up 2.5 percent from the 8,217,856 vehicles built in like-1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 58,335, a 21.3 percent increase from the 48,102 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,936,411 units, up 0.3 percent from the 1,930,675 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.3 percent; Ford Motor Co., 35.9 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 8.1 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.2 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.0 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.8 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.7 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.9 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.5 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.4 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 107,934 109,703 116,785 3,647,470 3,551,240 2.7

Trucks 148,914 135,574 159,143 4,771,999 4,666,616 2.3

TOTAL 256,848 245,277 275,928 8,419,469 8,217,856 2.5

Canada

Cars 33,129 29,318 29,177 1,017,798 1,031,958 -1.4

Trucks 25,206 18,784 30,042 918,613 898,717 2.2

TOTAL 58,335 48,102 59,219 1,936,411 1,930,675 0.3

Mexico

Cars 22,266 22,229 16,660 728,939 652,666 11.7

Trucks 21,097 18,658 13,575 483,350 342,949 40.9

TOTAL 43,363 40,887 30,235 1,212,289 995,615 21.8

U.S.\Canada\Mexico

Cars 163,329 161,250 162,622 5,394,207 5,235,864 3.0

Trucks 195,217 173,016 202,760 6,173,962 5,908,282 4.5

GRAND 358,546 334,266 365,382 11,568,169 11,144,146 3.8

TOTAL

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