In the latest reassessment of their fourth-quarter plans, North America’s auto makers have ratcheted up output by 10,700 units, meaning October-December production now is tagged at 3,962,900 units in a virtual tie with like-2002’s 3,963,300 completions. Trucks accounted for 5,800 units, or 54% of the increase, and cars 4,900 units, or 46%. It is only the second time this year that quarterly output has equalled or topped year-ago: January-March output was 2.1% better than that ...

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