Mid-month schedule changes and bad weather will chop an estimated 121,000 units from December's output, while manufacturers as a whole also slashed their first-quarter 2001 plans by 6.0%. The good news is that inventories will get much needed cutting as North American vehicle demand, primarily in the U.S., heads into a sustained decline. December's U.S. sales are heading for a third consecutive year-to-year decline, and the monthly declines are likely to continue in 2001 even if the year ...

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