North American auto makers once anticipating robust third-quarter production now are expecting a shortfall in the wake of diminishing sales. Even though manufacturers won’t reach their targeted output, Ward’s forecasts they will finish the quarter ahead of year-ago. Total North American third-quarter vehicle production, including medium and heavy-duty trucks, is expected to reach 3,656,000 units, a 2.8% uptick that compares favorably with year-ago’s 3,557,000. Light vehicles, alone, ...

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