Vehicle production last week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 357,357 units,down from the 370,174 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 15,491,815 vehicles, down 10.9 percent from like-2000's pace.

In the U.S., automakers were expected to produce 261,532 vehicles last week, down 4.1 percent from the 272,589 cars and trucks built in the previous week.  To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 11,157,583 units, down 11.4 percent from the 12,587,785 vehicles built in like-2000.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 56,092, a 3.5 percent decrease from the 58,139 units assembled the previous week.  Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,529,726 units, down 13.5 percent compared to the 2,925,143 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.3 percent; Ford Motor Co., 30.2 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.6 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.9 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.4 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.2 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.3 percent.