Ford Motor Co.’s 21 North American assembly plants will move a little slower during the final three months of 2004 than they did a year ago, despite five new products in key segments and the continued sales momentum of the F-Series pickup. The auto maker will produce 830,000 units in fourth-quarter 2004, knocking 8% off its plan compared with like-2004’s 900,000 units. Focus sales are down despite redesign. Ford’s fourth-quarter production plan is built with caution, as job growth ...

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