Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 353,823 units, up from the 351,995 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 12,286,057 vehicles, up 6.3% from like-2001's pace. In the US, automakers were expected to produce 264,527 vehicles last week, up 2.0% from the 259,380 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 US vehicle output totals an estimated 8,993,562 units, up 8.1% from the 8,322,711 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 54,523, a 1.0% increase from the 53,982 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,958,394 units, up 3.8% compared to the 1,887,154 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.7%; Ford Motor Co., 29.1%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.2%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.4%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.3%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.4%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.9%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 1.7%.