Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 378,178 units, up from the 345,785 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,390,963 vehicles, up 2.6 percent from like-1999’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 278,147 vehicles this week, an increase of 10.1 percent from the 252,521 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 10,473,199 units, up 0.9 percent from the 10,378,723 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 47,307, a 7.9 percent decrease from the 51,348 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,387,887 units, down 0.9 percent compared to the 2,409,518 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.0 percent; Ford Motor Co., 31.2 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.2 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.7 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.2 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.0 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.5 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.6 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.0 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.4 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.7 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.8 percent.

NORTH AMERICA FACTORY PRODUCTION

This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Pct. Change

Estimated Revised Last Year 2000 1999 2000 vs. 1999

U.S.

Cars 121,081 109,966 118,677 4,569,267 4,482,745 1.9

Trucks 157,066 142,555 163,630 5,903,932 5,895,978 0.1

TOTAL 278,147 252,521 282,307 10,473,199 10,378,723 0.9

Canada

Cars 24,468 22,625 29,297 1,245,370 1,285,819 -3.1

Trucks 22,839 28,723 25,758 1,142,517 1,123,699 1.7

TOTAL 47,307 51,348 55,055 2,387,887 2,409,518 -0.9

Mexico

Cars 27,779 23,068 17,959 907,249 797,378 13.8

Trucks 24,945 18,848 10,835 622,628 439,279 41.7

TOTAL 52,724 41,916 28,794 1,529,877 1,236,657 23.7

U.S.CanadaMexico

Cars 173,328 155,659 165,933 6,721,886 6,565,942 2.4

Trucks 204,850 190,126 200,223 7,669,077 7,458,956 2.8

GRAND 378,178 345,785 366,156 14,390,963 14,024,898 2.6

TOTAL

Note: All figures include medium- and heavy-duty truck production.