Although North American car and truck output likely won't reach the 18.1 million-unit level that seemed so achievable a month ago, production remains headed for a new record. Output now is targeted at just shy of 18 million units, still good enough for a 1.9% gain on 1999's all-time high 17.6 million vehicle tally (see data p.4). Acknowledging that new car and truck sales have cooled at least a little, North American vehicle makers in recent scheduling meetings trimmed their month-old ...

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