In the round of scheduling meetings that ended last week, auto industry production planners trimmed the first quarter North American vehicle output slate by some 30,700 units (see data p.4). Still, industry output in January-March remains at a record 4,845,400 units and is scheduled at the highest level for any quarter in history, 8% above year-ago's 4,484,800 assemblies. At the time, first-quarter 1999 output was the highest quarterly tally on record, but that was surpassed by April-June ...

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