Vehicle
production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated
325,041 units, down from the 350,771 cars and trucks built last week, according
to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals
8,322,722 vehicles, down 13.8 percent from like-2000’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 238,205 vehicles this week,
down 7.1 percent from the 256,476 cars and trucks built last week.

To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,991,295 units,
down 15.1 percent from the 7,053,367 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 50,493, an 11.8 percent
decrease from the 57,242 units assembled last week.

Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,394,273
units, down 16.5 percent compared to the 1,669,537 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General
Motors Corp. accounted for 35.8 percent; Ford Motor Co., 24.6 percent; Chrysler
of DaimlerChrysler, 16.7 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.5 percent; Toyota
Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.2 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2 percent; New United
Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.9 percent; AutoAlliance
International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8
percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.3
percent.

No figure was available for Mitsubishi.


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

Automotive
regional report: North America

The
world’s car manufacturers: A financial and operating review