If there is an impending slowdown in North American vehicle sales it would be hard to tell from the record third-quarter production plans just laid out by the automakers (see data p. 4). Industry output plans call for 4,185,800 car and truck assemblies in July-September, 3.4% ahead of the existing record of 4,047,977 set just last year when North American output topped the 4 million mark for the first time. Although planned third-quarter output would be a record for the period, it won't ...

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