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WARD'S REPORTS ESTIMATED PRODUCTION

 DETROIT, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. vehicle manufacturers are slated to produce 258,705 vehicles this week, bringing total car and truck output for the year to 10,393,829, according to Ward's Automotive Reports. Calendar-year production is now outpacing year-ago's rate by 11.6 percent.
 This week's scheduled output is less than 1.0 percent lower than last week's actual build of 261,138 vehicles. Of the planned production, 148,301 units are passenger cars and 110,404 are trucks -- including medium- and heavy-duty makes.
 Scheduled Canada production for this week is 35,135 -- down 4.3 percent from the prior week's actual build of 36,710.
 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 January 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 40.4 percent; Ford, 29.6 percent; Chrysler Corp., 11.9 percent; Honda of America Mfg. Inc., 3.8 percent; Nissan Motor Mfg. Corp., 3.6 percent; New United Motor Mfg. Inc., 2.7 percent; AutoAlliance International Inc., 2.1 percent; Toyota Motor Mfg. USA Inc., 1.9 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 148,301 149,084 130,332 5,727,919 5,451,655 5.07
 Trucks 110,404 112,054 98,948 4,665,910 3,865,379 20.71
 TOTAL 258,705 261,138 229,280 10,393,829 9,317,034 11.56
 Canada
 Cars 19,980 21,116 20,797 1,310,557 970,726 35.01
 Trucks 15,155 15,594 15,573 856,050 912,672 -6.20
 TOTAL 35,135 36,710 36,370 2,166,607 1,883,398 15.04
 U.S./Canada
 Cars 168,281 170,200 151,129 7,038,476 6,422,381 9.59
 Trucks 125,559 127,648 114,521 5,521,960 4,778,051 15.57
 GRAND
 TOTAL 293,840 297,848 265,650 12,560,436 11,200,432 12.14
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 /CONTACT: Tanya Gazdik of Ward's, 313-962-4433/


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