Despite a forecast of moderate sales decline compared with 2002, Ford Motor Co. expects 2003 to remain solid – enough to schedule a 10,000-unit hike in its first-quarter production plan. Ford F-Series led Ford's sales charge in 2002. “We think it will be off a little bit from this year, perhaps in the 16.5 million range. And that includes the heavy trucks,” says Jim O’Connor, group vice president-North America marketing, sales and service. Subtract heavy trucks and O’Connor ...

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