North American light-vehicle production is forecast to rise 9.5% over year-ago in March to 1.526 million units from 1.394 million. Capacity utilization – production compared with straight-time capability over 52 workweeks – will increase to 90.3% in March from 84.7% year-ago and 89.9% last month, First-quarter utilization will finish at 88.8%, compared with like-2005’s 85.3%. The March production increase is sparked by a 60% gain in Mexico, although both the U.S. and Canada also will ...

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