North American capacity utilization for light-vehicle production fell to 80.7% in fourth quarter 2000, down from 84.2% during like-1999, based on a Ward's quarterly analysis. For entire 2000, capacity utilization dropped slightly to 87.3% from 1999's 88.4%. Among the Top Six, Toyota Motor Mfg. North America Inc. and Honda of America Mfg. Inc. tied for the fourth-quarter lead in capacity utilization at 95.1%. However, Toyota slightly outdid Honda in the Ward's ratings by using 106.1% of its ...

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