By total volume, 2001 is a slightly off year for North American transplant auto makers, dipping down slightly below the 4 million mark after topping it for the first time last year. But the 2.3% falloff in production likely will come in much lower than the 10% decline by the traditional Big Three. The 0% inspired buying binge of Big Three cars and trucks that followed the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. only served to reduce burgeoning inventories and made little change in production ...

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