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April 18, 2005

USA: North American output down 1.8% year to date

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 345,214 units, up 4.2% from the 331,333 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to WardsAuto.com.

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 345,214 units, up 4.2% from the 331,333 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to WardsAuto.com.

Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 4,908,797 vehicles, down 1.8% from like-2004’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 255,642 vehicles last week, up 1.9% from the 250,975 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2005 US vehicle output totals an estimated 3,688,689 units, down 1.4% compared to the 3,740,537 vehicles built in like-2004.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 52,824, an increase of 13.1% from the 46,699 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2005 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 781,730 units, down 2.8% compared to the 804,609 vehicles produced in like-2004.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 29.3%; Ford Motor Co., 24.0%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler , 15.2%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.2%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.7%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.1%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.4%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.0%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 0.9%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler , 0.3%; and other manufacturers, 3.1%.

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