North American vehicle production could plummet as much as 12.9% this month, as output is slashed in response to a sales decline that’s expected to continue into 2008, Ward's predicts. Early plant shutdowns for the holiday period have been announced for several Ford Motor Co. plants in an effort to adjust inventories before they become too bloated. The industry’s December output is estimated at 949,723 vehicles, trailing year-ago’s 1,089,886 by 140,163 units. Levels have not been that ...

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