Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 320,144 units, down 3.7% from the 332,578 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 11,029,359 vehicles, down 0.7% from like-2003’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 232,466 vehicles this week, down 3.5% from the 240,967 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 US vehicle output totals an estimated 8,161,674 units, down 0.2% compared to the 8,174,981 vehicles built in like-2003.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 49,378, a decrease of 13.7% from the 57,196 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,824,390 units, up 3.9% compared to the 1,755,114 vehicles produced in like-2003.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 30.1%; Ford Motor Co., 25.9%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.6%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.8%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.5%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.0%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.1%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.3%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.9%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.0%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.2%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; and other manufacturers, 2.9%.