Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 383,556 units, down from the 409,632 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 8,979,177 vehicles, up 4.2 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 276,430 vehicles this week, a decrease of 7.9 percent from the 300,100 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 6,572,785 units, up 3.2 percent from the 6,368,107 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 66,303, a 3.8 percent decrease from the 68,929 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,549,514 units, up 2.6 percent from the 1,510,698 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.5 percent; Ford Motor Co., 29.5 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.1 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.8 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.7 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.6 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.6 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.5 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.2 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.6 percent; and other manufacturers, 2.4 percent.


                       NORTH AMERICA FACTORY PRODUCTION
This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Pct. Change
Estimated Revised Last Year 2000 1999 2000 vs. 1999

U.S.
Cars 120,005 129,325 124,175 2,832,202 2,756,906 2.7
Trucks 156,425 170,775 147,027 3,740,583 3,611,201 3.6
TOTAL 276,430 300,100 271,202 6,572,785 6,368,107 3.2
Canada
Cars 34,505 35,344 34,658 802,249 805,716 -0.4
Trucks 31,798 33,585 32,156 747,265 704,982 6.0
TOTAL 66,303 68,929 66,814 1,549,514 1,510,698 2.6
Mexico
Cars 24,558 23,675 20,042 528,284 497,497 6.2
Trucks 16,265 16,928 11,385 328,594 240,297 36.7
TOTAL 40,823 40,603 31,427 856,878 737,794 16.1
U.S.\Canada\Mexico
Cars 179,068 188,344 178,875 4,162,735 4,060,119 2.5
Trucks 204,488 221,288 190,568 4,816,442 4,556,480 5.7
GRAND 383,556 409,632 369,443 8,979,177 8,616,599 4.2
TOTAL

Note: All figures include medium- and heavy-duty truck production.