Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit
an estimated 352,572 units, up from the 339,953 cars and trucks built last week,
according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals
7,999,482 vehicles, down 14.3 percent from like-2000’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 258,013 vehicles this week, up
5.7 percent from the 244,120 cars and trucks built last week.

To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,754,627 units,
down 15.6 percent from the 6,818,518 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 58,216, a 0.2 percent
decrease from the 58,339 units assembled last week.

Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,344,754 units,
down 16.7 percent compared to the 1,615,132 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors
Corp. accounted for 33.2 percent; Ford Motor Co., 28.5 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler ,
15.4 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.0 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc.,
4.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.7 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc.,
3.2 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.7 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg.
of America Inc., 1.6 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz
U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 1.0 percent;
and other manufacturers, 1.5 percent.