DETROIT – Production capacity utilization for North American light-vehicle assembly plants increased on a year-to-year basis in first-quarter 2002 after six straight declines. But based on scheduled production, the capacity utilization rate for the second quarter will decline from the same year-ago period despite an increase in production. (view related data: NA Capacity.xls)Ward’s estimates that light-vehicle production in first-quarter 2002 equaled a 78.6% capacity utilization rate, ...

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