With lower vehicle sales forecast for the U.S. in 2008, North American assembly plants are kicking off the new year at the slowest pace in 16 years. First-quarter production schedules call for building 3,711,200 cars and trucks in Canada, Mexico and the U.S., down 5.8% from 3,938,200 in the same period last year. That ranks the quarter only 16th in volume over the past 24 years and pales markedly compared with the record 4,811,000 units turned out in like-2000. Related document: North ...

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