Despite slumping April sales, North American automakers last week completed the latest round of scheduling meetings with only modest changes in their second-quarter output plans. The April-June schedule now calls for 4,343,500 cars and trucks to be assembled, down just 16,400 units from the 4,359,900 on the books a month ago and 9.9% less than the 4,823,200 vehicles built in second-quarter 2000 — an any-quarter record (see data p.4). Production planners trimmed 38,700 vehicles from their ...

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