Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 285,895 units, a shortened work week for most U.S. and Canadian plants due to holiday observances, down from the 325,642 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 12,537,028 vehicles, up 2.8 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 191,040 vehicles this week, a decrease of 19.1 percent from the 236,192 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 9,113,973 units, up 1.2 percent from the 9,001,922 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 51,596, a 4.6 percent increase from the 49,341 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,105,407 units, virtually even with the 2,105,391 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 28.0 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 10.9 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.6 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.4 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.4 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.9 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.3 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.9 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.8 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 92,825 115,247 96,472 3,973,351 3,885,511 2.3

Trucks 98,215 120,945 131,672 5,140,622 5,116,411 0.5

TOTAL 191,040 236,192 228,144 9,113,973 9,001,922 1.2

Canada

Cars 29,793 26,485 29,438 1,103,474 1,125,085 -1.9

Trucks 21,803 22,856 25,369 1,001,933 980,306 2.2

TOTAL 51,596 49,341 54,807 2,105,407 2,105,391 --

Mexico

Cars 22,266 22,099 19,101 787,678 708,741 11.1

Trucks 20,993 18,010 13,080 529,970 383,044 38.4

TOTAL 43,259 40,109 32,181 1,317,648 1,091,785 20.7

U.S.\Canada\Mexico

Cars 144,884 163,831 145,011 5,864,503 5,719,337 2.5

Trucks 141,011 161,811 170,121 6,672,525 6,479,761 3.0

GRAND 285,895 325,642 315,132 12,537,028 12,199,098 2.8

TOTAL