Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 376,431 units, down from the 382,293 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 13,661,913 vehicles, up 2.8 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 261,775 vehicles this week, a decrease of 5.6 percent from the 277,325 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 9,927,131 units, up 1.1 percent from the 9,819,184 vehicles built in like- 1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 61,124, a 4.1 percent decrease from the 63,750 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,287,253 units, down 0.4 percent compared to the 2,296,358 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 36.0 percent; Ford Motor Co., 29.3 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 11.7 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.8 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 4.9 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.1 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.6 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.8 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 2.1 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.8 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 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 118,756 122,447 120,050 4,334,176 4,243,326 2.1
Trucks 143,019 154,878 155,842 5,592,955 5,575,858 0.3
TOTAL 261,775 277,325 275,892 9,927,131 9,819,184 1.1
Canada
Cars 32,122 32,474 37,185 1,197,888 1,227,521 -2.4
Trucks 29,002 31,276 31,578 1,089,365 1,068,837 1.9
TOTAL 61,124 63,750 68,763 2,287,253 2,296,358 -0.4
Mexico
Cars 27,779 23,163 17,696 860,979 761,878 13.0
Trucks 25,753 18,055 11,333 586,550 417,575 40.5
TOTAL 53,532 41,218 29,029 1,447,529 1,179,453 22.7
U.S.\Canada\Mexico
Cars 178,657 178,084 174,931 6,393,043 6,232,725 2.6
Trucks 197,774 204,209 198,753 7,268,870 7,062,270 2.9
GRAND 376,431 382,293 373,684 13,661,913 13,294,995 2.8
TOTAL

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