North American manufacturers in October are heading toward their second straight month of posting production below what was scheduled for the month. The drawbacks are nearly across the board with the notable exception of DaimlerChrysler Corp. (excluding Mercedes-Benz). Ward's estimates that North American output for October is on a pace to hit 1.591 million units, or 97.6% of what was slated for the month. The estimated production is 1.5% below year-ago's 1.616 million, but is the second ...

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