Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 319,610 units, down 11% from the 359,187 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to

Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,062,654 vehicles, up 0.3% year on year.

US automakers were expected to produce 231,801 vehicles last week, down 8.3% from the 252,889 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2005 US vehicle output totals an estimated 10,400,792 units, up 0.3% compared to the 10,367,599 vehicles built in like-2004.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 54,738, a decrease of 14.7% from the 64,194 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar 2005 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,265,311 units, down 2.4% compared to the 2,321,042 vehicles produced in like-2004.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 28.4%; Ford Motor Co., 20.0%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 8.4%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.6%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 7.8%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.9%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.2%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.9%; Mercedes-Benz US of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 4.6%.