Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 359,631 units, up 1.6% from the 354,118 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to WardsAuto.com.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 15,725,797 vehicles, up 0.6% from like-2004's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 255,992 vehicles last week, up 3.4% from the 247,636 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2005 US vehicle output totals an estimated 11,522,621 units, down 0.3% compared to the 11,558,607 vehicles built in like-2004.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 62,339, a decrease of 2.3% from the 63,801 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar 2005 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,582,625 units, down 0.7% compared to the 2,601,206 vehicles produced in like-2004.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 27.5%; Ford Motor Co., 23.4%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.6%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.7%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.8%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.6%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.8%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.3%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.0%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.9%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 4.5%.