Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 351,470 units, up from the 343,791 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 13,692,350 vehicles, up 6.5% from like-2001's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 265,530 vehicles last week, up 4.4% from the 254,218 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 10,037,645 units, up 8.2% from the 9,279,645 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 48,641, a 6.0% decrease from the 51,729 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,170,853 units, up 4.1% compared to the 2,085,680 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.7%; Ford Motor Co., 29.7%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.5%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.5%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.9%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.3%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 1.6%.