North American manufacturers produced 340,038 cars and trucks last week, 1.3 percent below the prior week's build and 0.2 percent below the year-ago week.
Estimated North American truck assembly grew 1.0 percent from the previous week, and North American car production fell 3.4 percent.
Through June 14, the makers had assembled 7,462,129 vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico, up 2.2 percent from 1996.
Estimated U.S. vehicle production fell 2.9 percent from the prior week. The year-to-date tally remains 0.5 percent ahead of 1996.
In Canada, estimated vehicle output last week rose 1.1 percent. The year-to-date total is up 6.2 percent.
Estimated output in Mexico last week was 10.4 percent above the prior week. Year-to-date production is 12.2 percent above 1996.
Big 3 shares of North American vehicle production through June 14 were: General Motors, 34.0 percent; Ford Motor Co., 27.9 percent; and Chrysler Corp., 17.2 percent. Transplants and joint ventures account for 20.9 percent of vehicle output.
On Wednesday, June 12, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc. began building an engine plant. It is scheduled to be completed by next April.
The plant, which represents a $400 million investment, will produce four-cylinder engines for the Toyota Corolla.