North American vehicle-assembly plants are gearing to build a whopping 68.2% more vehicles in the January-March period than were turned out in like-2009, largely due to the industry’s dismal year-ago performance. Production planners have penciled in 2,913,900 cars and trucks for completion in first-quarter 2010. That’s a dramatic increase from the 1,732,600 assembled in the prior-year, when many Detroit Three plants were down for much of the quarter as dealers tried desperately to burn off ...

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