North American automakers built 1,565,099 light vehicles in August, rising 2.1% above year-ago’s 1,099,747. The catalyst was light-truck production, which swelled 12.1% to 1,131,671 units or 72% of light vehicles. Plants in the U.S. increased production 6.1% to 1,031,825 LVs, after rising 6.3% in July. Twelve months since ending car production in the U.S., FCA output soared an estimated 34.0% to 137,739 units. Ford production improved 3.5% to 219,854 in August but was 3.8% behind ...

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