In what’s shaping up as a tough first quarter, North American vehicle production for February and March is forecast to run well below year-ago, although output is gaining some momentum following the unexpectedly weak January finish. Ward’s latest near-term forecast has North American plants building 1,293,300 units in February, an average of 64,665 daily that beats January’s 57,781-a-day pace by 11.9%. March is forecast at 66,295 daily on a volume of 1,458,500 units, besting February’s ...

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