Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 338,589 units, up 0.6% from the 336,432 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 13,008,691 vehicles, down 1.1% from like-2003’s pace.


In the US, automakers were expected to produce 260,657 vehicles last week, up 2.1% from the 255,384 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 US vehicle output totals an estimated 9,630,134 units, down 1.1% compared to the 9,738,293 vehicles built in like-2003.


Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 44,731, a decrease of 6.4% from the 47,772 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,147,910 units, up 4.3% compared to the 2,059,365 vehicles produced in like-2003.


Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 27.7%; Ford Motor Co., 28.6%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.2%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.1%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.8%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.7%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.3%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.1%; Mercedes-Benz US of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; and other manufacturers, 2.4%.