Neither strikes, parts shortages nor economic downturn would likely deter the North American auto industry from building a record 17 million plus vehicles in calendar year 1999. Although industry production planners have yet to issue official fourth-quarter schedules, company sources indicate industry production for the period likely will be at or just below the 4.2 million cars and trucks built in October-December last year, a record for the quarter. Thus, the anticipated strong ...

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