Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit
an estimated 295,007 units, down from the 317,656 cars and trucks built last week,
according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals
2,266,758 vehicles, down 21.7 percent from like-2000’s pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 202,315 vehicles this week,
down 10.0 percent from the 224,786 cars and trucks built last week.

To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 1,587,140 units,
down 24.7 percent from the 2,107,863 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 54,752, a 2.2 percent
decrease from the 56,000 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001
Canadian vehicle production now stands at 405,886 units, down 22.0 percent compared
to the 520,568 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General
Motors Corp. accounted for 28.6 percent; Ford Motor Co., 28.7 percent; Chrysler
of DaimlerChrysler, 14.3 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.9 percent; Toyota
Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.4 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.8 percent; New United
Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.8 percent; Mitsubishi
Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.0 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.0
percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8 percent; BMW of North America
Inc., 1.2 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.0 percent.