With North American light-vehicle production ending 2016 at an all-time peak of 17.75 million units, capacity utilization also pulled off a record by finishing at 100.9%, topping the previous high set the year before of 100.0% However, due to several factors, capacity utilization will decline in 2017 to an estimated 98.7%, even with production forecast to rise this year. Output is expected to increase 0.5% year-over-year to 17.83 million units in 2017. Part of the increase is due to two ...

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