North American manufacturers still are building vehicles at a pace that indicates they don’t see much market weakness in the foreseeable future, while 2002 output will be the third best year ever. Ward’s estimates December vehicle production will total 1.075 million units, or 102.1% of what was scheduled for the period at the beginning of the month. December’s estimate also puts it slightly ahead of year-ago’s 1.074 million. (see related data: Dec 2002 NA Estimated Production ...

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