Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 351,804 units, up 7.4% from the 327,486 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 11,983,200 vehicles, down 1.4% from like-2003’s pace.


In the US, automakers were expected to produce 251,615 vehicles last week, up 2.7% from the 244,956 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 US vehicle output totals an estimated 8,845,482 units, down 1.4% compared to the 8,969,288 vehicles built in like-2003.


Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 64,164, an increase of 4.6% from the 61,355 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,002,304 units, up 4.5% compared to the 1,915,588 vehicles produced in like-2003.


Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 32.1%; Ford Motor Co., 25.4%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.0%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.3%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.9%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 7.5%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.4%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.0%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.0%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; and other manufacturers, 2.4%.