North American production will see a slight 1.8% uptick in October to 1,399,210 units, despite a brief 6-hour strike at Chrysler LLC and cutbacks among Detroit’s Big Three, Ward’s forecasts. Oddly, it is Chrysler and Ford Motor Co. that will drive the increase due to year-ago’s reduced builds of Chrysler minivans and Ford F-Series pickups, making for an improved comparison year-on-year. A boost also comes from output of the Jeep Patriot cross/utility vehicle and revamped Dodge Avenger ...

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