In a step towards letting nature take its course, DaimlerChrysler Corp. is idling seven of its 12 North American plants to take 50,000 units out of previously forecast December production. The actions, combined with previous plant closings and curbs on overtime, add up to a fourth quarter that is 146,000 units shy of what the carmaker originally planned to build. The 18.5% drop to 641,000 vehicles is predominantly spread over November and December. Meanwhile, a DCC spokesman says there ...

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