North American manufacturers are heading toward their third straight underbuild in September with production for the month estimated by Ward's to be on track to finish 65,500 units below what was scheduled for the month. Ward's estimates September output will finish at 1.448 million units (see data p.7), or 95.7% of what was scheduled for the month (see Ward's Automotive Reports — September 4, '00, p.1). That follows a 94.7% build rate in August and 93.4% in July. The shortfall is ...

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