Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 309,972 units, up from the 129,135 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 9,297,236 vehicles, up 5.9 percent from like-2001's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 239,933 vehicles last week, up substantially from the 71,117 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 US vehicle output totals an estimated 6,779,982 units, up 7.8 percent from the 6,288,025 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 32,925, a 33.0 percent increase from the 24,754 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,489,787 units, up 3.0 percent compared to the 1,447,051 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 35.9 percent; Ford Motor Co., 32.0 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 11.5 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.7 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 0.0 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.3 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.8 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.0 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.8 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.4 percent.