Photo by Volkswagon A.G. Volkswagen marked the start of production for its Atlas sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga on Dec. 16.

2017 could challenge automotive industry on supply, demand

Detroit, Michigan – Auto makers are on pace to build more new cars and light trucks in 2016 than in any other year, but efforts to reduce bloated inventories next year could lead to North America’s first production decline since the Great Recession.

Record sales paces in the US, Canada and Mexico have kept plants busy. About 15 North American plants reportedly were running overtime through last week, nearly four times as many as the same period a year ago, according to the Automotive News data…

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