North American light-vehicle production is starting 2006 stronger than in 2005, including an improvement in capacity utilization. Based on a current production outlook by Ward’s, January North American output is projected at 1.300 million units, a 7.7% increase over like-2005’s 1.207 million.(See related data: January Production Outlook) Year-ago’s output was hampered by temporary slowdowns at several plants due to bloated U.S. inventory levels from 2004. All the same, January 2006 ...

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