Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 249,126 units, down from the 314,186 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,424,435 vehicles, down 11.7 percent from like-2000's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 154,568 vehicles this week, down 28.6 percent from the 216,547 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 10,376,427 units, down 12.3 percent from the 11,828,425 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 58,041, a 0.3 percent increase from the 57,879 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,361,594 units, down 14.1 percent compared to the 2,749,071 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 29.1 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.8 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.5 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.8 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.1 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.1 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.2 percent.

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