Optimism growing, North American auto makers for the second consecutive month are pumping up their first-quarter production plans, this time by a net 71,100 units. The revised slate calls for 3,870,000 completions in the quarter, a 12.3% gain compared with prior-year’s 3,445,900 assemblies. Although January ended an estimated 6,500 vehicles shy of plan, February will see an additional 55,600 units built and March output will get a 22,000-unit boost, with the overall Q1 increase ...

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