An estimated 257,388 cars and trucks were produced in North America last week as Ford Motor Co. and General Motors plants returned from vacation. Vacations held output to 83,975 the previous week.
Year-to-date, 8,526,557 cars and trucks have been assembled in the United States, Canada and Mexico, 1.1 percent above the same period in 1996.
U.S. vehicle production is 6,381,431 so far this year, off 52,940 units (0.8 percent) from last year at this time.
In Canada, vehicle production for 1997 is 1,451,209, up 4.7 percent from the 1,385,590 units assembled a year ago.
Year-to-date output in Mexico is 693,917, up 13.3 percent from 1996.
Ford idled the Kansas City, Mo., car plant this week due to a component shortage. About 4,500 Ford Contours and Mercury Mystiques will be lost. The shortage also has resulted in a one-week suspension of Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer production in Hermosillo, Mexico. About 3,500 cars will be lost.