Production planners at most of North America’s light-vehicle manufacturers apparently have concluded a nascent auto sales recovery is taking root and are boosting February and March output plans accordingly. Led primarily by gains at Nissan North America Inc. (47,000 units), New United Motor Mfg. Inc. (29,900), Ford Motor Co. (19,800) and BMW Mfg. Co. (10,100), the industry’s first-quarter slate of 2,984,400 stands 58,100 units, or 2%, higher than a month ago and more than 72% better than ...

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