Slowing light-vehicle sales in the prime U.S. market have forced production planners to take the knife to industry output schedules through the first quarter — with more cuts to come (see data p.6). So far, some 80,200 vehicle assemblies were sliced from the December output plan, while initial January-March 2001 schedules are 4.8%, or 528,700 units, below first quarter 2000 levels. Most of the cuts are being made at General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler Corp., while most ...

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