While it doesn’t set any records, the North American auto industry’s first official second-quarter output plan shows some unanticipated strength, indicating the auto makers are eying a stronger-than-expected market for 2002. As it now stands, April-June output in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. is scheduled at 4,443,200 units, 2.2% ahead of the 4,346,600 posted in like-2001, the industry’s third-best showing for the quarter. What’s more, the increase is widespread with all auto makers except ...

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