Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 366,797 units, up from the 299,638 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 12,914,221 vehicles, up 2.7 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 249,523 vehicles this week, an increase of 18.9 percent from the 209,809 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 9,380,407 units, up 1.1 percent from the 9,279,445 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 64,123, a 33.3 percent increase from the 48,122 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,164,567 units, down 0.4 percent compared to the 2,172,331 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 37.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 26.2 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 11.9 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.9 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.3 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.4 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.9 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.2 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.7 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.3 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 115,102 95,447 122,987 4,089,217 4,008,498 2.0

Trucks 134,421 114,362 154,536 5,291,190 5,270,947 0.4

TOTAL 249,523 209,809 277,523 9,380,407 9,279,445 1.1

Canada

Cars 34,210 25,942 36,208 1,134,715 1,161,293 -2.3

Trucks 29,913 22,180 30,732 1,029,852 1,011,038 1.9

TOTAL 64,123 48,122 66,940 2,164,567 2,172,331 -0.4

Mexico

Cars 27,628 23,293 15,998 816,333 724,739 12.6

Trucks 25,523 18,414 9,804 552,914 392,848 40.7

TOTAL 53,151 41,707 25,802 1,369,247 1,117,587 22.5

U.S.\Canada\Mexico

Cars 176,940 144,682 175,193 6,040,265 5,894,530 2.5

Trucks 189,857 154,956 195,072 6,873,956 6,674,833 3.0

GRAND 366,797 299,638 370,265 12,914,221 12,569,363 2.7

TOTAL

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