Vehicle production last week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 334,985 units, up from the 306,396 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.


Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 798,723 vehicles, up 1.5 percent from like-2001’s pace.


In the U.S., car makers were expected to produce 243,973 vehicles last week, up 8.1 percent from the 225,765 cars and trucks built the previous week.  To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 586,172 units, up 6.6 percent from the 549,658 vehicles built in like-2001.


Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 54,512, a 10.4 percent increase from the 49,355 units assembled the previous week.  Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 125,485 units, down
13.9 percent compared to the 145,722 vehicles produced in like-2001.


Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.1 percent; Ford Motor Co., 30.5 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.8 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.2 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.4 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.5 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.3 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.2 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.5 percent.