For the first time since 1994 the North American automotive industry failed to hit the 1 million unit mark in calendar production for any one single vehicle platform, estimated calendar 1998 output by platform compiled by Ward's indicates (see pp.6-7). Industry-wide, seven platforms topped the 500,000-unit mark last year, only two of which were car platforms. Ford Motor Co. built 512,328 DN101 cars (Taurus/Sable) and General Motors Corp. pumped out 691,300 W2-body cars (Lumina/Monte Carlo, ...

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