Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 251,130 units, up 81.5% from the 138,393 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 9,007,548 vehicles, down 2.6% from like-2002’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 188,152 vehicles last week, up 98.1% from the 95,000 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2003 US vehicle output totals an estimated 6,591,483 units, down 2.5% from the 6,758,022 vehicles built in like-2002.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 29,729, a 50.3% increase from the 19,778 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2003 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,456,709 units, down 2.0% compared to the 1,487,020 vehicles produced in like-2002.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 41.5%; Ford Motor Co., 23.4%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 6.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 9.1%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 0.0%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 5.6%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.1%; Subaru Automotive Inc., 1.3%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.2%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.0%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.9%; and other manufacturers, 2.3%.