Vehicle production this week in the US, Canada and Mexico is expected to hit an estimated 344,333 units, up from the 326,943 cars and trucks built last week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including this week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 13,855,341 vehicles, down 12.1 percent from like-2000's pace.

In the US, automakers are expected to produce 252,611 vehicles this week, up 5.1 percent from the 240,390 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2001 US vehicle output totals an estimated 10,001,759 units, down 12.7 percent from the 11,455,089 vehicles built in like-2000.

This week's Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 53,317, an 8.5 percent increase from the 49,154 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar-2001 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,244,858 units, down 14.4 percent compared to the 2,623,065 vehicles produced in like-2000.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 34.1 percent; Ford Motor Co., 28.1 percent; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.4 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 5.4 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 5.1 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.2 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.9 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.5 percent; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 1.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 0.7 percent; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7 percent; BMW of North America Inc., 0.9 percent; and other manufacturers, 1.3 percent.

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