If North American auto makers have any concerns about an excessive inventory buildup, they aren’t in evidence in the latest round of output schedules put forth by production planners. Indeed, the already strong first quarter plan has acquired added muscle in the form of a 152,000-unit increase – led by an anticipated 71,600-unit January overbuild. (see related story: Ward's North America Production Schedule) First quarter output now stands at a planned 4,404,200 – 3.5% above ...

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