Even though the industry is in the midst of production cutbacks to control inventory, 2000 will end as a banner year for automakers. North American output will set a record for the second straight year — and third time in four years, with Ward's estimating output of 17.7 million cars and trucks in 2000, including 17.2 million light vehicles. (The 2000 projection will be revised next week when Ward's does its official estimate of December output.) The current records set last year are ...

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