North American auto makers are planning to wrap up 2011 with a strong fourth-quarter slate that is 588,100 units, or 19.4%, ahead of the 3,030,800 vehicles built in like-2010. The plan puts the industry on course to a 3-year high, with total 2011 production scheduled at 13.7 million-plus cars and trucks. That marks a 12.5% gain from 2010’s 12,153,000 completions and is more than 4.9 million units, or 56.4%, ahead of the weak 8,760,965-unit tally posted in 2009 at the depths of the ...

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