Auto makers are gearing up for a robust start to the '08 model year with North American output slated for an 8.2% gain over year-ago in the third quarter. Although Ford Motor Co. still is crunching numbers, it is expected to finalize its initial third-quarter program at least 3.5% higher than the 595,100 units built in like-2006. Including a Ward's forecast of 615,700 units for Ford, the industry is geared to build 3,850,100 vehicles in the July-September period, compared with ...

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