Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 346,298 units, down from the 385,348 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 7,805,444 vehicles, up 3.5 percent from like-1999’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 256,348 vehicles this week, an increase of 2.6 percent from the 293,399 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,728,203 units, up 2.6 percent from the 5,583,053 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 53,551, a 0.7 percent decrease from the 53,917 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,344,851 units, up 2.5 percent from the 1,311,600 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 29.3 percent; Ford Motor Co., 32.8 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.8 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.4 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.7 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.6 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.5 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.0 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.6 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.7 percent.