Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 300,838 units, down from the 324,150 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 7,112,906 vehicles, down 3.1% from like-2002’s pace.
In the US, automakers were expected to produce 208,557 vehicles last week, down 12.9% from the 239,361 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 US vehicle output totals an estimated 5,236,876 units, down 2.8% from the 5,388,205 vehicles built in like-2002.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 60,622, a 20.6% increase from the 50,287 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,145,120 units, down 3.5% compared to the 1,186,639 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 32.1%; Ford Motor Co., 25.5%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 15.6%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.7%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.9%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 4.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.0%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.0%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.4%; and other manufacturers, 1.6%.