By the time 2002 wraps up, North American auto makers likely will have posted their third-best production tally in history. Despite the uncertainty that plagued the market for much of the year and with a robust fourth quarter on tap, North American assembly plants are poised for entire-year output of 16.8 million-plus units. That trails only the record 17.7 million cars and trucks built in 2000 and 1999’s 17.6 million completions. Compared to 2001, output in the region is set to ...

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