Despite some expectations that auto output in 2000 would cool a bit following 1999's banner-year, North American vehicle builders now are expected to churn out a record 18,074,900 units by Dec. 31. If slates are met, that will represent a 2.6% increase from last year's tally of 17,615,800 vehicles. The new record (see data p.6) would come only three years after the industry topped 16 million for the first time, with production of 16,055,600 vehicles in 1997. The record-2000 pace includes a ...

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