Vehicle production last week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 276,037 units, down from the 302,317 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 10,927,883 vehicles, down 12.6 percent from like-2000's pace.

In the U.S., automakers were expected to produce 197,852 vehicles last week, down 12.6 percent from the 226,411 cars and trucks built in the previous week.

To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 7,878,611 units, down 13.3 percent from the 9,087,129 vehicles built in like-2000.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 44,112, a 7.7 percent decrease from the 47,782 units assembled in the preceding week.

Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,784,900 units, down 15.0 percent compared to the 2,098,688 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.2 percent; Ford Motor Co., 27.1 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.7 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.5 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.7 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.4 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 1.0 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.8 percent.