Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 322,920 units, down from the 364,195 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 16,692,856 vehicles, up 5.7% from like-2001’s pace.


In the US, automakers were expected to produce 239,781 vehicles last week, down 15.0% from the 281,948 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 12,246,332 units, up 7.5% from the 11,391,756 vehicles built in like-2001.


Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 48,290, an 11.5% decrease from the 54,579 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,649,986 units, up 3.1% compared to the 2,570,781 vehicles produced in like-2001.


Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 37.6%; Ford Motor Co., 23.7%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.2%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.3%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.6%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.3%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.3%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.8%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.9%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; and other manufacturers, 1.4%.