Despite concern over the impact of rising gasoline prices on new-vehicle sales in the U.S. market, North American car and truck assembly plants are slated to build 4,067,500 units in October-December, a 3.7% increase over like-2004's 3,923,400 assemblies. That is the highest tally for the period since a record 4,428,946 vehicles were completed in October-December 1999, and beats out the 4,066,109 builds in like-2000 to become the fourth-best performance for the quarter in history. ...

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