Auto production declines

United Press International – May 21, 2004

Ward’s Automotive Reports of Michigan said Friday vehicle production this week in the United States, Canada and Mexico is expected to decline 5.3 percent.

Wards said production declined to an estimated 333,276 units from the 351,760 cars and trucks built last week.

Including this week’s estimates, calendar year North American output now totals 6,734,887 vehicles, down 1.2 percent from the same period last year.

In the United States, automakers are expected to produce 256,121 vehicles this week, down 0.3 percent from the 256,780 cars and trucks built last week. To date, calendar 2004 U.S. vehicle output totals an estimated 5,039,211 units, up 0.2 percent from the 5,028,265 vehicles built during the same period a year ago.

This week’s Canadian vehicle production is estimated at 47,089 units, a decline of 25.8 percent from the 63,469 units assembled last week. Estimated calendar 2004 Canadian vehicle production now stands at 1,088,535 units, up 0.4 percent from the 1,083,755 vehicles produced during the same period last year.

Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the Unitd States, General Motors accounted for 30.5 percent, Ford Motor 25.5 percent, Chrysler of DaimlerChrysler 15.4 percent while other manufacturers accounted for the remainder.

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