North American light-vehicle manufacturers will increase their factory utilization over the next two years through a combination of increased output and a paring of annual plant capacity. Chrysler's reduced capacity is mostly due to estimated reductions at its Brampton, Ont. Plant. Auto makers ended 2003 by building an estimated 15.83 million units, or 85.4% of their annual straight-time capacity. Production is forecast to increase to 16.48 million in 2004, followed by a smaller ...

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