Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 357,787 units, up from the 297,616 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 12,903,189 vehicles, up 2.7 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 258,759 vehicles this week, an increase of 24.3 percent from the 208,197 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 9,388,031 units, up 1.2 percent from the 9,279,445 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 62,345, a 30.7 percent increase from the 47,712 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,162,379 units, down 0.5 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 35.8 percent; Ford Motor Co., 27.2 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.5 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.9 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.8 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.2 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.8 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.4 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 118,858 95,447 122,987 4,092,973 4,008,498 2.1
Trucks 139,901 112,750 154,536 5,295,058 5,270,947 0.5
TOTAL 258,759 208,197 277,523 9,388,031 9,279,445 1.2
Canada
Cars 32,787 25,942 36,208 1,133,292 1,161,293 -2.4
Trucks 29,558 21,770 30,732 1,029,087 1,011,038 1.8
TOTAL 62,345 47,712 66,940 2,162,379 2,172,331 -0.5
Mexico
Cars 21,332 23,293 15,998 810,037 724,739 11.8
Trucks 15,351 18,414 9,804 542,742 392,848 38.2
TOTAL 36,683 41,707 25,802 1,352,779 1,117,587 21.0
U.S.\Canada\Mexico
Cars 172,977 144,682 175,193 6,036,302 5,894,530 2.4
Trucks 184,810 152,934 195,072 6,866,887 6,674,833 2.9
GRAND 357,787 297,616 370,265 12,903,189 12,569,363 2.7
TOTAL

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