North American car and truck manufacturers will have available straight-time capacity to build 17.62 million '06 models, based on Ward's data. The total marks a 2.2% decline from a capacity of 18.04 million vehicles auto makers had heading into the '05 model year last fall. The '06 total is based on straight-time capability and takes into account the number of shifts each assembly plant is expected to work, as well as vacation, holiday and model changeover shutdowns. It also counts early ...

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