North American light vehicle capacity utilization fell to 78.9% in first-quarter 2001, compared to 95.1% in like-2000, marking the third consecutive quarter of decline from the same year-ago period. Among the Top Six volume manufacturers, only Honda of America Mfg. Inc. met or surpassed straight-time capacity during January-March. It also topped the Ward's production efficiency rankings. Production was hampered by temporary plant shutdowns to reduce bloated inventory. Capacity ...

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