The effects from September 11’s national tragedy in the U.S. was expected to negatively impact North American vehicle production again last week, but output was expected to improve to 318,195 units from the previous week’s 293,242 according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 11,546,995 vehicles, down 12.8 percent from like-2000’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers were expected to produce 227,987 vehicles last week, up 8.4 percent from the 210,405 cars and trucks built the previous week.

To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 8,318,792 units, down 13.6 percent from the 9,623,353 vehicles built in like-2000.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 52,428, a 16.7 percent increase from the 44,908 units assembled the previous week.

Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,884,523 units, down 15.3 percent compared to the 2,224,523 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 37.8 percent; Ford Motor Co., 22.7 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.6 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.6 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.5 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.7 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.7 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.9 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.6 percent.

To view related research reports, please follow the links below:-

Automotive regional report: North America (download)

World automotive components: Market prospects to 2005