North American manufacturers are headed for a production shortfall in August, largely due to last minute cutbacks by Ford Motor Co. to increase the number of tires available for replacements on some of its light trucks (see story p.5). But other manufacturers, especially DaimlerChrysler Corp. and Volkswagen de Mexico SA, also will post figures below what was planned at the beginning of August. Conversely, General Motors Corp., which came into the month with a surplus of inventory, is on ...

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