Vehicle production this week in the US, Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 335,721 units, down from the 358,965 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 11,292,825 vehicles, up 6.0% from like-2001’s pace.

In the US, automakers are expected to produce 244,339 vehicles this week, down 6.0% from the 259,931 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2002 US vehicle output totals an estimated 8,264,626 units, up 7.6% from the 7,680,759 vehicles built in like-2001.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 51,402, an 18.3% decrease from the 62,936 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,805,051 units, up 3.7% compared to the 1,740,788 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 29.6%; Ford Motor Co., 30.1%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.9%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.4%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.4%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 4.1%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.3%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0%; and other manufacturers, 1.5%.

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