North American light-vehicle production growth likely will outshine any increase in U.S. sales volumes in 2009, according to a Ward’s forecast. LV output could get up to a 6.4% boost as production grows to slightly more than 14.0 million units from an estimated 13.2 million this year. Primary drivers for the surge include three new plants and new entries in the hot-selling cross/utility vehicle and small-car segments. Production of CUVs is expected to climb nearly 24.0%, while ...

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