USA: Weekly North American production up 2.2%

By just-auto.com editorial team | 22 November 2004

Vehicle production last week in the US, Canada and Mexico was expected to hit an estimated 323,280 units, up 2.2% from the 316,274 cars and trucks built the previous week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.

Including last week's estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 14,653,066 vehicles, down 1.5% from like-2003's pace.

In the US, automakers were expected to produce 238,842 vehicles last week, up 2.9% from the 232,002 cars and trucks built the previous week. To date, calendar 2004 US vehicle output totals an estimated 10,837,432 units, down 1.9% compared to the 11,047,314 vehicles built in like-2003.

Last week's Canadian vehicle production was estimated at 53,978, a decrease of 4.0% from the 56,224 units assembled the previous week. Estimated calendar-2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 2,431,020 units, up 4.9% compared to the 2,317,690 vehicles produced in like-2003.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production last week in the US, General Motors Corp. accounted for 25.6%; Ford Motor Co., 24.7%; Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler, 14.9%; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 7.0%; Toyota Motor Mfg. Inc., 7.4%; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 8.3%; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5%; BMW of North America Inc., 1.2%; Mitsubishi Motor Mfg. of America Inc., 0.7%; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.1%; Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc., 1.2%; Mercedes-Benz U.S. of DaimlerChrysler, 0.7%; and other manufacturers, 2.7%.