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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

 WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION
 DETROIT, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. vehicle makers are scheduled


to build an estimated 204,071 cars and trucks this week, Ward's Automotive Reports said today.
 This week's planned output is nearly identical to last week's actual build of 204,348 units, and is 9.4 percent higher than same-week 1990's tally of 186,537, reported Ward's.
 Six regularly active U.S. light-vehicle plants are temporarily closed this week, the same number as last week.
 With only one production week remaining in 1991 before year-end plant closures for the holidays, estimated year-to-date U.S. vehicle output through the end of this week is 8,615,758, 10.7 percent below like-1990's total of 9,650,324, said Ward's.
 Of the cars produced this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp.'s share is 46.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 18.2 percent; Chrysler Corp., 10.4 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 8.0 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 4.3 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.3 percent; Mazda Motor Mfg. (USA) Corp., 3.1 percent; Diamond-Star Motors Corp., 2.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.2 percent; and Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.0 percent.
 NORTH AMERICAN FACTORY PRODUCTION Percent
 This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Change
 Estimated Revised Last Year 1991 1990 '91 vs. '90
 U.S.
 Cars 127,718 123,785 125,742 5,322,120 5,983,794 -11.06
 Trucks 76,353 80,563 60,795 3,293,638 3,666,530 -10.17
 TOTAL 204,071 204,348 186,537 8,615,758 9,650,324 -10.72
 Canada
 Cars 20,546 20,638 15,784 1,019,015 1,062,516 -4.09
 Trucks 21,905 20,204 19,168 812,640 831,710 -2.29
 TOTAL 42,451 40,842 34,952 1,831,655 1,894,226 -3.30
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 148,264 144,423 141,526 6,341,135 7,046,310 -10.01
 Trucks 98,258 100,767 79,963 4,106,278 4,498,240 -8.71

 GRAND TOTAL 246,522 245,190 221,489 10,447,413 11,544,550 -9.50
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