In their first crack at production planning for April-June, North American automakers are gearing up for a period record of 4,421,100 car and truck assemblies. That's 8.3% more than year-ago and 2.1% above the prior second-quarter record of 4,325,997 posted in 1996 — and output could go even higher still (see data p.4). Continued robust light vehicle sales in February confounded industry planners who initially had expected the market to register a mid-winter dip following January's hot ...

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