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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

 WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION
 DETROIT, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- With this week marking the


conclusion of car/truck production for this year, U.S. automakers will assemble an estimated 8,809,045 units, 9.9 percent below entire-1990's 9,780,647, Ward's Automotive Reports announced today.
 Ward's also reported that 1991's total U.S. car and truck output was the lowest for any calendar year since 6,985,313 assemblies in 1982.
 U.S. vehicle manufacturers will build an estimated 193,953 cars and trucks this week, said Ward's, 4.6 percent below last week's actual output of 203,405 units. However, this week's output is 55.1 percent higher than same-week 1990's tally of 125,023.
 Ten regularly active U.S. light-vehicle plants are temporarily closed this week, four more than were closed last week.
 Of the cars produced this week in the U.S., General Motors Corp.'s share is 42.4 percent; Ford Motor Co., 23.1 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 10.1 percent; Chrysler Corp., 7.8 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 3.8 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.7 percent; Mazda Motor Mfg. (USA) Corp., 3.0 percent; Diamond-Star Motors Corp., 2.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.4 percent; and Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.9 percent.
 NORTH AMERICAN FACTORY PRODUCTION
 This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Pct. Change
 Estimated Revised Last Year 1991 1990 1991 vs.1990
 U.S.
 Cars 120,589 126,507 90,695 5,441,498 6,077,885 -10.47
 Trucks 73,364 76,898 34,328 3,367,547 3,702,762 -9.05
 TOTAL 193,953 203,405 125,023 8,809,045 9,780,647 -9.93
 Canada
 Cars 25,540 20,363 14,368 1,044,372 1,076,119 -2.95
 Trucks 20,210 21,793 16,025 832,738 850,304 -2.07
 TOTAL 45,750 42,156 30,393 1,877,110 1,926,423 -2.56
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 146,129 146,870 105,063 6,485,870 7,154,004 -9.34
 Trucks 93,574 98,691 50,353 4,200,285 4,553,066 -7.75
 GRAND
 TOTAL 239,703 245,561 155,416 10,686,155 11,707,070 -8.72
 -0- 12/19/91
 /CONTACT: James W. Bush of Ward's, 313-962-4433/ CO: ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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