Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 355,942 units, up from the 344,158 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 3,845,050 vehicles, down 0.9% from like-2002’s pace.
In the US, automakers were expected to produce 261,064 vehicles last week, up 3.4% from the 252,461 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 2,835,780 units, down 0.3% from the 2,843,988 vehicles built in like-2002.
Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 58,666, an 8.2% increase from the 54,212 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 597,495 units, down 4.9% compared to the 628,269 vehicles produced in like-2002.
Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.4%; Ford Motor Co., 28.0%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler , 13.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.8%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.2%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.7%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.0%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.0%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.8%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler , 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.3%; and other manufacturers, 1.7%.