Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 357,132 units, up from the 356,644 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 8,769,766 vehicles, up 5.4% from like-2001’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 268,196 vehicles last week, up 3.0% from the 260,498 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 6,434,778 units, up 7.5% from the 5,988,578 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 52,078, a 7.4% decrease from the 56,217 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,413,225 units, up 1.4% compared to the 1,393,570 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.3%; Ford Motor Co., 29.2%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.3%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.7%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.0%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.0%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.0%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0%; and other manufacturers, 1.4%.

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