DETROIT -- If there is a major downturn coming in North American car and truck production in 2002, it’s not evident in the industry’s latest first-quarter production schedule revision. Despite some signs of weakening U.S. new vehicle sales in December, auto makers, in meetings concluded late last week, added some 66,900 units to their previous January-March output schedule, bringing the total for the period to 4,038,100 vehicles. That represents a gain of just under 1% from like-2001’s ...

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