Vehicle production this week in the US, Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 372,597 units, up from the 352,170 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 17,120,751 vehicles, up 1.0% from 1999's pace.

In the US, automakers are expected to produce 265,678 vehicles this week, an increase of 2.5% from the 259,263 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 US vehicle output totals an estimated

12,398,447 units, down 1.1% from the 12,535,587 vehicles built in 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 64,174, a 12.7% increase from the 56,931 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,873,112 units, down 2.0% compared to the 2,930,483 vehicles produced in 1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the US, General Motors accounted for 34.3%; Ford 28.9%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.5%; Honda 5.1%; Toyota 5.0%; Nissan 2.9%; New United Motor Mfg 2.7%; Subaru-Isuzu 1.8%; Mitsubishi 1.9%; AutoAlliance 0.8%; Mercedes-Benz 0.6%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.8%; and other manufacturers, 1.7%.

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