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April 25, 2005

USA: Canadian vehicle production down 3.2% YTD

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 336,139 units, down 1.9% from the 342,679 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to WardsAuto.com.

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 336,139 units, down 1.9% from the 342,679 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to WardsAuto.com.

Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 5,247,277 vehicles, down 1.9% from like-2004’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 257,299 vehicles last week, up 0.7% from the 255,575 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2005 US vehicle output totals an estimated 3,947,501 units, down 1.4% compared to the 4,005,492 vehicles built in like-2004.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 46,003, a decrease of 14.6% from the 53,877 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2005 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 831,020 units, down 3.2% compared to the 858,713 vehicles produced in like-2004.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 28.9%; Ford Motor Co., 23.9%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler , 15.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.2%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.0%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.1%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.8%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.0%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler , 0.3%; and other manufacturers, 2.9%.

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