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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

 DETROIT, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. vehicle manufacturers are slated to produce 243,200 vehicles this week, the first week of production in 1994, according to Ward's Automotive Reports.
 Ward's added that this week's estimated output is 39.2 percent above first-week 1993's tally, with truck production alone up a robust 43.7 percent.
 All U.S. assembly plants were closed last week for the holidays. This week's scheduled output is significantly higher than 168,610 the week ending Dec. 25 -- a four-day workweek because of the holidays. Of the planned production, 129,523 units are passenger cars and 113,677 are trucks -- including medium- and heavy-duty makes.
 Scheduled Canada production for this week is 28,443, up from 18,689 for the week ending Dec. 25.
 Ford Motor Co.'s Oakville, Ontario, Tempo/Topaz plant remains closed until Jan. 31 for changeover to the Ford Windstar minivan. General Motors Corp.'s two car plants in Oshawa, Ontario, are closed until February for changeover to the all-new Chevrolet Lumina.
 Of the cars and trucks slated for production this week in the United States, GM accounts for 37.6 percent; Ford, 31.0 percent; Chrysler Corp., 14.4 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.8 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 3.2 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.2 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.2 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 1.9 percent; Diamond-Star Motors Corp., 1.1 percent; Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc., 0.8 percent; Navistar International Transportation Corp., 0.6 percent; and other truck manufacturers, 1.2 percent.
 NORTH AMERICA FACTORY PRODUCTION
 This Week Last Week Same Week To Date To Date Pct. Change
 Estimated Revised Last Year 1994 1993 1994 vs.1993
 U.S.
 Cars 129,523 97,208 95,594 129,523 95,594 35.49
 Trucks 113,677 71,402 79,131 113,677 79,131 43.66
 TOTAL 243,200 168,610 174,725 243,200 174,725 39.19
 Canada
 Cars 15,013 11,399 14,389 15,013 14,389 4.34
 Trucks 13,430 7,290 16,779 13,430 16,779 -19.96
 TOTAL 28,443 18,689 31,168 28,443 31,168 -8.74
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 144,536 108,607 109,983 144,536 109,983 31.42
 Trucks 127,107 78,692 95,910 127,107 95,910 32.53
 GRAND
 TOTAL 271,643 187,299 205,893 271,643 205,893 31.93
 /CONTACT: Tanya Gazdik of Ward's, 313-962-4433/
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