Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 342,324 units, up 4.8% from the 326,578 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 10,380,816 vehicles, down 1.0% from like-2003's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 244,728 vehicles last week, up 1.8% from the 240,468 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 7,686,998 units, down 0.3% compared to the 7,712,793 vehicles built in like-2003.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 58,587, an increase of 9.7% from the 53,413 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,717,950 units, up 3.2% compared to the 1,664,033 vehicles produced in like-2003.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 32.8%; Ford Motor Co., 24.7%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 10.8%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.5%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.9%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.3%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.2%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.0%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; and other manufacturers, 2.6%.