Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 375,003 units, down from the 378,936 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 15,134,241 vehicles, up 2.4 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 275,735 vehicles this week, an increase of 1.1 percent from the 272,619 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 11,014,285 units, up 0.6 percent from the 10,951,894 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 58,450, a 7.0 percent decrease from the 62,878 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,514,791 units, down 0.7 percent compared to the 2,532,448 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 32.9 percent; Ford Motor Co., 30.0 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.9 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.7 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.7 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.6 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.0 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.4 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.7 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.6 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 118,726 118,538 125,709 4,803,953 4,735,474 1.4

Trucks 157,009 154,081 158,441 6,210,332 6,216,420 -0.1

TOTAL 275,735 272,619 284,150 11,014,285 10,951,894 0.6

Canada

Cars 31,416 33,108 27,935 1,312,428 1,349,191 -2.7

Trucks 27,034 29,770 30,516 1,202,363 1,183,257 1.6

TOTAL 58,450 62,878 58,451 2,514,791 2,532,448 -0.7

Mexico

Cars 23,450 23,939 18,778 951,184 834,644 14.0

Trucks 17,368 19,500 11,302 653,981 461,504 41.7

TOTAL 40,818 43,439 30,080 1,605,165 1,296,148 23.8

U.S.\Canada\Mexico

Cars 173,592 175,585 172,422 7,067,565 6,919,309 2.1

Trucks 201,411 203,351 200,259 8,066,676 7,861,181 2.6

GRAND 375,003 378,936 372,681 15,134,241 14,780,490 2.4

TOTAL

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