Reflecting this year’s weaker economic outlook, January-June car and truck production in North America will run 12.7% below year-ago, falling to some 8,410,900 units from the record 9,634,400 assemblies posted in like-2000. To no one’s surprise, the top three automakers — DaimlerChrysler Corp. (down 17.8%), Ford Motor Co. (off 10.1%) and General Motors Corp. (down 19.8%) — are behind most of that shortfall, which is hitting the car side (down 14%) harder than trucks (off 11.6%). Most ...

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