Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 359,444 units, down from the 380,446 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,023,062 vehicles, up 2.7 percent from like-1999’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 257,270 vehicles this week, a decrease of 6.9 percent from the 276,478 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 10,199,104 units, up 1.0 percent from the 10,096,416 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 48,642, a 22.5 percent decrease from the 62,728 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,335,189 units, down 0.8 percent compared to the 2,354,463 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.6 percent; Ford Motor Co., 30.9 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 11.5 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.9 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.0 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.7 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.7 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.1 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.6 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.8 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.5 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 106,196 122,384 120,742 4,444,000 4,364,068 1.8

Trucks 151,074 154,094 156,490 5,755,104 5,732,348 0.4

TOTAL 257,270 276,478 277,232 10,199,104 10,096,416 1.0

Canada

Cars 22,905 32,754 29,001 1,221,245 1,256,522 -2.8

Trucks 25,737 29,974 29,104 1,113,944 1,097,941 1.5

TOTAL 48,642 62,728 58,105 2,335,189 2,354,463 -0.8

Mexico

Cars 27,779 23,202 17,541 884,181 779,419 13.4

Trucks 25,753 18,038 10,869 604,588 428,444 41.1

TOTAL 53,532 41,240 28,410 1,488,769 1,207,863 23.3

U.S.CanadaMexico

Cars 156,880 178,340 167,284 6,549,426 6,400,009 2.3

Trucks 202,564 202,106 196,463 7,473,636 7,258,733 3.0

GRAND 359,444 380,446 363,747 14,023,062 13,658,742 2.7

TOTAL

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