North American production in 2009 is moving at a snail’s pace as a result of Detroit auto makers idling several plants in January to compensate for slowing demand. January’s output is expected to finish near 550,000 units, or about 53.0% below year-ago. The pace will pick up slightly in February, as most plants resume a more-normal schedule, albeit some with fewer shifts. A handful of factories will remain closed until mid month. February output should approach 788,500 units, down ...

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