Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 374,240 units, up from the 367,170 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,754,542 vehicles, up 2.4 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 276,271 vehicles this week, an increase of 2.0 percent from the 270,778 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 10,742,202 units, up 0.7 percent from the 10,667,744 vehicles built in like-1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 57,151, an 8.1 percent increase from the 52,883 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,450,614 units, down 0.9 percent compared to the 2,473,997 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.8 percent; Ford Motor Co., 31.5 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 12.7 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.7 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.6 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.8 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.5 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.0 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 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 118,176 118,512 127,020 4,684,865 4,609,765 1.6
Trucks 158,095 152,266 162,001 6,057,337 6,057,979 0
TOTAL 276,271 270,778 289,021 10,742,202 10,667,744 0.7
Canada
Cars 29,686 27,002 35,437 1,277,590 1,321,256 -3.3
Trucks 27,465 25,881 29,042 1,173,024 1,152,741 1.8
TOTAL 57,151 52,883 64,479 2,450,614 2,473,997 -0.9
Mexico
Cars 23,450 23,812 18,488 927,245 815,866 13.7
Trucks 17,368 19,697 10,923 634,481 450,202 40.9
TOTAL 40,818 43,509 29,411 1,561,726 1,266,068 23.4
U.S.\Canada\Mexico
Cars 171,312 169,326 180,945 6,889,700 6,746,887 2.1
Trucks 202,928 197,844 201,966 7,864,842 7,660,922 2.7
GRAND 374,240 367,170 382,911 14,754,542 14,407,809 2.4
TOTAL

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