Perhaps showing they were more in tune with turbulent market conditions than most people thought, domestic auto makers did as good a job scheduling monthly production as their foreign counterparts in 2008. The Detroit Three built 7,255,300 vehicles, or 91.5% of their published schedules, edging out competitors by a half percentage point. Transplants collectively met 91.0% of their slate, building 5,682,100 cars and trucks. Neither performance was stellar, and auto makers will have to do ...

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