North American light-vehicle capacity utilization will end 2016 at an estimated 101.1%, highest on record and the second consecutive year to reach 100% or more. The decline in 2017 is due to a combination of an expected production slowdown and increase in straight-time capacity in the U.S. and Mexico. Straight-time capacity is the estimated production each plant can produce, based on a schedule of two 8-hour shifts per day, five days per week, over 52 weeks per year. Production in 2016 is ...

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