Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to
hit an estimated 309,701 units, down from the 330,470 cars and trucks built
last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals
10,336,058 vehicles, down 13.0 percent from like-2000’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 231,960 vehicles this week,
down 4.3 percent from the 242,351 cars and trucks built last week. To date,
calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 7,440,215 units, down
13.9 percent from the 8,644,546 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 49,140, an 8.8 percent
decrease from the 53,871 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001
Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,690,902 units, down 15.7 percent
compared to the 2,004,790 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General
Motors Corp. accounted for 35.1 percent; Ford Motor Co., 25.5 percent; Chrysler
of DaimlerChrysler, 14.2 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.9 percent; Toyota
Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.2 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.7 percent; New United
Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.6 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.8 percent; Mitsubishi
Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8
percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.5 percent; BMW of North America
Inc., 1.3 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.7 percent.