Thanks to another increase in fourth-quarter production plans, North American auto makers now are set to close the books on 2012 with 15,737,000 vehicle builds, up 16.8% from the 13,471,500 units turned out in 2011. It would be the industry’s strongest year since 2006, when output reached 15,877,161. The auto makers’ latest round of revisions sees Q4 planned production in the U.S., Canada and Mexico rising for the second month in a row, this time by 48,200 ...

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