North American plants belonging to Japanese auto makers likely will lose at least 256,200 vehicle assemblies in the year’s second quarter, resulting from parts shortages caused by Japan’s March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to schedule revisions estimated by Ward’s. The decline will see overall industry output for the quarter drop to about 3,393,100 units, a drop of 6.7% from the 3,638,800 tagged for April-June assembly at the start of the month although still 8.0% ahead of ...

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