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April 11, 2005

USA: US vehicle output down 1.9% year on year

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 338,724 units, up 14.1% from the 296,772 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 338,724 units, up 14.1% from the 296,772 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to WardsAuto.com.

Including last week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 4,563,698 vehicles, down 2.5% from like-2004’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 255,736 vehicles last week, up 16.6% from the 219,265 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2005 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 3,436,485 units, down 1.9% compared to the 3,504,753 vehicles built in like-2004.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 45,660, a decrease of 7.9% from the 49,561 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar- 2005 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 721,914 units, down 4.0% compared to the 751,757 vehicles produced in like-2004.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 28.4%; Ford Motor Co., 25.6%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler , 15.1%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.2%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.0%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 6.3%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.1%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.7%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 0.7%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler , 0.3%; and other manufacturers, 2.7%.

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