Vehicle production this week in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 337,578 units, down from the 358,956 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 8,160,924 vehicles, up 3.4 percent from like-1999's pace.

In the U.S., automakers are expected to produce 236,544 vehicles during this Memorial Day week, a decrease of 9.9 percent from the 262,671 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2000 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,974,956 units, up 2.4 percent from the 5,835,841 vehicles built in like-1999.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 64,635, a 15.0 percent increase from the 56,226 units assembled last week -- a shortened workweek for many Canadian manufacturers due to the Victoria Day holiday. Estimated calendar-2000 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,412,871 units, up 2.3 percent from the 1,380,777 vehicles produced in like-1999.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp. accounted for 33.4 percent; Ford Motor Co., 30.4 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 15.3 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 4.6 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.9 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.7 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.3 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.5 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.3 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 1.1 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.6 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.5 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 102,502 110,686 107,824 2,562,321 2,518,741 1.7
Trucks 134,042 151,985 144,964 3,412,635 3,317,100 2.9
TOTAL 236,544 262,671 252,788 5,974,956 5,835,841 2.4
Canada
Cars 32,694 29,231 36,413 731,049 738,242 -1.0
Trucks 31,941 26,995 32,764 681,822 642,535 6.1
TOTAL 64,635 56,226 69,177 1,412,871 1,380,777 2.3
Mexico
Cars 22,687 23,546 19,613 479,868 459,364 4.5
Trucks 13,712 16,513 12,269 293,229 218,050 34.5
TOTAL 36,399 40,059 31,882 773,097 677,414 14.1
U.S.\Canada\Mexico
Cars 157,883 163,463 163,850 3,773,238 3,716,347 1.5
Trucks 179,695 195,493 189,997 4,387,686 4,177,685 5.0
GRAND 337,578 358,956 353,847 8,160,924 7,894,032 3.4
TOTAL

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