Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 356,525 units, up from the 340,440 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 14,038,165 vehicles, up 6.5% from like-2001’s pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 269,625 vehicles last week, up 5.6% from the 255,257 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 10,298,117 units, up 8.3% from the 9,508,758 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 53,783, a 13.4% increase from the 47,429 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,223,424 units, up 3.8% compared to the 2,142,387 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.8%; Ford Motor Co., 28.8%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.9%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.3%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.0%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.0%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.9%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.6%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.1%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9%; and other manufacturers, 1.5%.