Faced by the need to build inventory and with apparent confidence in second-half growth, U.S. auto makers are boosting third-quarter output plans by a whopping 6.5% or 183,000 units, pushing the more-modest 2,812,300-unit slate put in place a month ago to 2,995,300. Unexpectedly strong light-truck sales are providing much of the impetus for the increase, accounting for 68.3% of the added units. Although Ford Motor Co. won’t tip its hand on third-quarter changes until after announcing its ...

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