A reduction in Chrysler Group LLC’s schedules could bring total 2009 North American output below 1983’s levels, marking the worst tally since 1961 and setting up a nip-and-tuck battle for the No.1 producer spot. Ward’s still is forecasting Ford Motor Co. as the overall winner – which would mark the first time the auto maker has out-built cross-town rival General Motors Co. since 1931. However, with a projected gap of about 4,000 units – Ford should produce slightly more than 1,779,000 ...

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