North American light-vehicle manufacturers will improve on their year-ago capacity utilization rate for the fourth consecutive quarter in the October-December period. The performance will cap off a year of rebound in which capacity utilization is projected to finish at 79.0%, up from 2001’s 74.0%. Last year’s results marked a sharp decline from 2000’s 83.3%. (view related data: Ward's NA 4th Quarter Capacity) Ward’s projects the fourth-quarter utilization rate at 76.4%, well ...

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