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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

 WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION
 DETROIT, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ward's Automotive Reports announced


today that total U.S. car and truck output -- including medium- and heavy-duty trucks -- was 742,086 for the month of February.
 February's vehicle production tally was 8.9 percent above like- 1991's count, added Ward's.
 Ward's also reported that U.S. car and truck makers will produce an estimated 199,010 vehicles this week. This week's estimated output represents the largest build of 1992, and is 6.6 percent higher than last week's actual tally of 186,637, and 19.9 percent above same-week 1991.
 Thus, calendar-year 1992 output will rise to an estimated 1,622,738 through the end of this week, 8.4 percent above like-1991, reported Ward's.
 Additionally, Ward's said four regularly active U.S. light-vehicle plants (all at Ford Motor Co.) are down this week. Three of the four are scheduled to resume production next week.
 Of the cars produced this week in the United States, General Motors Corp.'s share is 47.7 percent; Ford Motor Co., 20.9 percent; Chrysler Corp., 9.1 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 8.3 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 3.9 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 3.5 percent; Diamond-Star Motors Corp., 2.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 2.4 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.0 percent; and Mazda Motor Mfg. (USA) Corp., 0.4 percent.
 NORTH AMERICAN FACTORY PRODUCTION
 Percent
 This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Change
 Estimated Revised Last Year 1992 1991 1992 vs.1991
 U.S.
 Cars 119,713 107,447 100,472 980,063 995,194 -1.52
 Trucks 79,297 79,190 65,501 642,675 502,414 27.92
 TOTAL 199,010 186,637 165,973 1,622,738 1,497,608 8.36
 Canada
 Cars 10,276 23,888 19,388 156,238 162,331 -3.75
 Trucks 22,652 20,841 15,369 200,467 133,638 50.01
 TOTAL 32,928 44,729 34,757 356,705 295,969 20.52
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 129,989 131,335 119,860 1,136,301 1,157,525 -1.83
 Trucks 101,949 100,031 80,870 843,142 636,052 32.56
 GRAND
 TOTAL 231,938 231,366 200,730 1,979,443 1,793,577 10.36
 -0- 3/5/92
 /CONTACT: John Sousanis of Ward's, 313-962-4433/ CO: Ward's Automotive Reports ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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