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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

 DETROIT, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. vehicle manufacturers are slated to produce 243,273 vehicles this week, bringing total car and truck output for the year to 8,960,596, according to Ward's Automotive Reports. Calendar-year production now is outpacing year-ago's rate by 10.8 percent.
 The scheduled weekly output is more than 8,000 units below last week's actual build of 251,461 vehicles. Of the planned production, 130,223 units are passenger cars and 113,050 are trucks -- including medium- and heavy-duty makes.
 Scheduled Canada production for this week is down from the prior week's actual build: 46,831 vs. 50,734.
 One U.S. assembly plant will remain down next week: Ford Motor Co.'s Oakville, Ontario, Tempo/Topaz plant is closed until Jan. 31 for changeover to the Ford Windstar minivan. Chrysler Corp.'s Belvidere, Ill., plant reopens Nov. 1 to begin Neon output.
 Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the United States, GM accounts for 39.2 percent; Ford, 30.5 percent; Chrysler, 12.3 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 3.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.3 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.2 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 2.0 percent; Diamond-Star Motors Corp., 1.4 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 1.1 percent; Navistar International Transportation Corp., 0.6 percent; and other manufacturers, 0.9 percent.
 NORTH AMERICA FACTORY PRODUCTION
 This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Pct. Change
 Estimated Revised Last Year 1993 1992 1993 vs.1992
 U.S.
 Cars 130,223 137,467 127,226 4,926,388 4,756,220 3.58
 Trucks 113,050 113,994 97,892 4,034,208 3,334,660 20.98
 TOTAL 243,273 251,461 225,118 8,960,596 8,090,880 10.75
 Canada
 Cars 28,029 29,697 12,921 1,160,496 839,320 38.27
 Trucks 18,802 21,037 20,202 756,811 804,983 -5.98
 TOTAL 46,831 50,734 33,123 1,917,307 1,644,303 16.60
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 158,252 167,164 140,147 6,086,884 5,595,540 8.78
 Trucks 131,852 135,031 118,094 4,791,019 4,139,643 15.74
 GRAND
 TOTAL 290,104 302,195 258,241 10,877,903 9,735,183 11.74
 -0- 10/28/93
 /CONTACT: Tanya Gazdik of Ward's, 313-962-4433/


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