A new rating system by Ward's shows Honda of America Mfg. Inc. has been the best at utilizing its North American light vehicle assembly plants so far in 1999, followed closely by Ford Motor Co. The ratings are based on combining plant capacity utilization with how well a plant's available capacity — total capacity less vacation and holiday shutdowns — is utilized, and comparing that against the industry average (base-lined at 1.00). Honda's efficiency rating through the first six months ...

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