Most of the new capacity on tap for North America between now and 2006 will be located in the East South Central Region (ESC) of the U.S., comprised of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. But that new plant construction and expansion in the ESC won’t be enough to stem the overall decline in North American capacity over the next four years, an analysis by Ward’s shows. Currently, U.S., Canadian and Mexican plants have straight-time capacity to assemble 18.12 million vehicles ...

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