Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 306,789 units, up from the 288,519 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward’s Automotive Reports.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 4,910,001 vehicles, down 17.4 percent from like-2000’s level.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 222,575 vehicles this week, up 5.7 percent from the 210,476 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2001 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 3,504,443 units, down 19.5 percent from the 4,351,795 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 47,962, a 2.4 percent increase from the 46,841 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 836,754 units, down 19.8 percent compared to the 1,043,177 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 30.0 percent; Ford Motor Co., 29.8 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.9 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 6.1 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.2 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 2.0 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.8 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.9 percent.

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Global Car Forecasts to 2005

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