Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 240,764 units, down from the 320,707 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 16,362,416 vehicles, up 1.3 percent from like-1999's pace. In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 140,237 vehicles this week, a decrease of 34.8 percent from the 215,011 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 11,843,857 units, down 0.8 percent from the 11,940,473 vehicles built in like-1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 58,891, a 6.8 percent decrease from the 63,154 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,745,258 units, down 1.8 percent compared to the 2,795,661 vehicles produced in like-1999. Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 31.1 percent; Ford Motor Co., 27.3 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.7 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.6 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.4 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.1 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.9 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.2 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.9 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9 percent; and other manufacturers, 3.0 percent.

NORTH AMERICA FACTORYPRODUCTION
This Week Estimated
Last Week Revised
Same Week Last Year
To Date 2000
To Date 1999
Pct. Change2000vs. 1999
U.S.
Cars
64,718
96,835
73,142
5,166,793
5,171,401
-0.1
Trucks
75,519
118,176
93,389
6,677,064
6,769,072
-1.4
TOTAL
140,237
215,011
166,531
11,843,857
11,940,473
-0.8
Canada
Cars
29,901
33,044
32,931
1,429,561
1,491,718
-4.2
Trucks
28,990
30,110
31,887
1,315,697
1,303,943
0.9
TOTAL
58,891
63,154
64,818
2,745,258
2,795,661
-1.8
Mexico
Cars
23,462
24,096
21,231
1,047,753
920,899
13.8
Trucks
18,174
18,446
9,506
725,548
495,145
46.5
TOTAL
41,636
42,542
30,737
1,773,301
1,416,044
25.2
U.S.\Canada\Mexico
Cars
118,081
153,975
127,304
7,644,107
7,584,018
0.8
Trucks
122,683
166,732
134,782
8,718,309
8,568,160
1.8
GRAND TOTAL
240,764
320,707
262,086
16,362,416
16,152,178
1.3
Note:All figuresinclude medium- and heavy-duty truck production.

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