North American automakers last week concluded their latest round of scheduling meetings with a 79,000-unit increase in planned fourth-quarter output to a total of 4,361,900 vehicles. That marks a 1.8% increase from the initial October-December plan unveiled a month ago that called for a record 4,283,000 assemblies. But a closer analysis indicates the fourth-quarter increase is aimed in part at recovering somewhat lower than expected output in the third quarter, which now stands 13,900 ...

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