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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED AUTO PRODUCTION

 DETROIT, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. vehicle manufacturers will produce an estimated 231,461 cars and trucks this week, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.
 This week's scheduled build is 4.3 percent higher than last week's revised U.S. car/truck assemblies of 221,905, and 19.4 percent above year-ago's count of 193,777, Ward's said.
 Additionally, Ward's announced that two regularly active U.S. vehicle assembly facilities -- Ford Motor Co.'s Edison, N.J., plant and General Motors Corp.'s Willow Run, Mich., facility -- are idle this week to streamline dealer inventory.
 Calendar-year 1993 U.S. car and truck output through the end of this week stands at an estimated 2,154,344, 19.1 percent ahead of like-1992, Ward's said.
 Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the United States, General Motors Corp. accounts for 37.6 percent; Ford Motor Co., 30.6 percent; Chrysler Corp., 13.7 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.5 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 3.8 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.5 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 2.2 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.1 percent; Diamond-Star Motors Corp., 1.1 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.1 percent; Navistar International Transportation Corp., 0.7 percent; and other truck manufacturers, 1.1 percent.
 NORTH AMERICAN FACTORY PRODUCTION
 Percent
 This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Change
 Estimated Revised Last Year 1993 1992 1993 vs 1992
 U.S.
 Cars 130,137 121,675 109,346 1,203,660 1,088,159 10.61
 Trucks 101,324 100,230 84,431 950,684 720,981 31.86
 TOTAL 231,461 221,905 193,777 2,154,344 1,809,140 19.08
 Canada
 Cars 30,080 25,169 15,368 248,268 170,465 45.64
 Trucks 20,012 20,749 22,721 197,519 220,850 -10.56
 TOTAL 50,092 45,918 38,089 445,787 391,315 13.92
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 160,217 146,844 124,714 1,451,928 1,258,624 15.36
 Trucks 121,336 120,979 107,152 1,148,203 941,831 21.91
 GRAND
 TOTAL 281,553 267,823 231,866 2,600,131 2,200,455 18.16
 -0- 3/11/93
 /CONTACT: Kristin Fitzpatrick of Ward's, 313-962-4433/


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