Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 30,518 units during this holiday week, down from the 298,978 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 17,764,643 vehicles, up 0.8 percent from the same period in 1999.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 4,138 vehicles this week, a decrease of 98.1 percent from the 216,920 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 12,851,039 units, down 1.3 percent from the 13,024,137 vehicles built in 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 8,514, an 80.8 percent decrease from the 44,361 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,979,722 units, down 2.3 percent compared to the 3,049,649 vehicles produced in 1999.

Of the cars and trucks produced in the U.S. this year, General Motors Corp. accounted for 32.8 percent; Ford Motor Co., 29.3 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.0 percent; Honda, 5.6 percent; Toyota, 4.9 percent; Nissan, 2.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg., 2.7 percent; Subaru-Isuzu, 1.6 percent; Mitsubishi, 1.7 percent; AutoAlliance International, 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz, 0.6 percent; BMW, 0.6 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.5 percent.