North American production for 2018 was on track through November to nearly match 2017, but a shortfall is projected in first-quarter 2019 from the year-ago period. In fact, Q1-2019 output – including cars, light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks – has a good chance of ending lower than the currently expected 1% downward slide. Some automakers already are nipping at their Q1 schedules including planning short-term plant downtime for inventory control. Any additional trimming to ...

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