Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to
hit an estimated 324,016 units, up from the 317,811 cars and trucks built last
week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals
13,187,872 vehicles, down 12.6 percent from like-2000’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 231,478 vehicles this week,
up 1.9 percent from the 227,186 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar
2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 9,511,597 units, down 13.3 percent
from the 10,968,925 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 56,373, a 9.6 percent
increase from the 51,452 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001
Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,142,053 units, down 15.0 percent
compared to the 2,520,330 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General
Motors Corp. accounted for 33.1 percent; Ford Motor Co., 28.1 percent; Chrysler
of DaimlerChrysler, 13.9 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.9 percent; Toyota
Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.6 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.5 percent; New United
Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.0 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.5 percent; Mitsubishi
Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.8 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0
percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9 percent; BMW of North America
Inc., 1.0 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.7 percent.

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

Automotive
regional report: North America (download)

The
automotive industry in Latin America: Mexico, Brazil and Argentina
Forecasts to 2005 (download)

Light
vehicle niche markets 2000

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