Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico is expected to have hit an estimated 299,856 units, 8.8% down on the 328,874 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to estimates issued by Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 1,092,468 vehicles, up 3.3% from like-2001’s pace.

Ward’s says that in the US, automakers produced an estimated 214,776 vehicles last week, down 11.3% from the 242,184 cars and trucks built in the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 799,159 units, up 8% from the 740,231 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 48,580, 7.4% down on the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 172,036 units, down 9.7% on the same period of 2001.

Ward’s reports that of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.5%; Ford Motor Co., 29.0%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.7%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.0%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.1%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.4%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.3%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.0%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.1%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.3%; and other manufacturers, 1.7%.

(Please note that all Ward’s estimated figures include medium- and heavy-duty truck production)