World motor vehicle production reached an estimated 51,353,337 units in 1999, topping by 4.9% 1998's 48,961,546, a final tally of 1999 global output data for 17 countries shows. Of the four major automaking regions, North America, South America, Western Europe and the Asia/Pacific, only South America (Brazil and Argentina) suffered a decline in production, with car, truck and bus assemblies falling 19.6% to 1,643,899 units. Vehicle output was up 9.8% in North America (17,598,867 units), ...

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