In their first crack at second-quarter production, North American auto makers have penned plans to build 4,321,500 cars and trucks in April-June – a 0.6% increase from the 4,294,000 vehicles built in the same period last year. That follows on the heels of a revised first-quarter slate totaling 4,132,500 assemblies, 2.8% less than the 4,249,400 vehicles built in January-March 2004. As a result, planned North American first-half 2005 output stands at 8,454,000 units, down 1% from the ...

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