Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 323,589 units, down from the 331,830 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 15,040,124 vehicles, up 6.1% from like-2001's pace.

In the US, car makers are expected to produce 228,576 vehicles this week, down 2.8% from the 235,167 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2002 US vehicle output totals an estimated 11,024,530 units, up 7.8% from the 10,222,502 vehicles built in like-2001.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 59,684, a 0.8% decrease from the 60,151 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2002 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,389,087 units, up 3.8% compared to the 2,302,685 vehicles produced in like-2001.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.9%; Ford Motor Co., 25.9%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 13.2%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.4%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 6.8%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 4.0%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.9%; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.0%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.5%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.8%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.3%; and other manufacturers, 1.6%.