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November 15, 2005

USA: North American vehicle production up 0.4% YTD

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 299,726 units, down 14.0% from the 348,691 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 299,726 units, down 14.0% from the 348,691 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to wardsauto.com.

Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,394,737 vehicles, up 0.4% from like-2004’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 213,358 vehicles last week, down 15.3% from the 251,947 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2005 US vehicle output totals an estimated 10,635,066 units, up 0.3% compared to the 10,599,818 vehicles built in like-2004.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 51,324, a decrease of 8.0% from the 55,781 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar 2005 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,320,182 units, down 2.4% compared to the 2,377,443 vehicles produced in like-2004.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 25.5%; Ford Motor Co., 20.7%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler , 13.0%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 9.1%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 8.2%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 8.1%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.9%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.9%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.3%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler , 1.0%; and other manufacturers, 5.1%.

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