Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 311,235 units, down from the 337,356 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 1,107,992 vehicles, up 1.7% from like-2002’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 215,070 vehicles last week, down 13.2% from the 247,753 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 US vehicle output totals an estimated 807,863 units, up 0.9% from the 800,548 vehicles built in like-2002.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 55,947, a 5.8% increase from the 52,865 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 170,093 units, up 1.0% compared to the 168,390 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.7%; Ford Motor Co., 28.3%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.4%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 8.1%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.7%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.8%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0%; and other manufacturers, 1.6%.