The world's largest auto-producing regions will see moderate increases in vehicle output over the next five years. Forecasts from J.D. Power and Associates and the Automotive News Data Center show that between 2000 and 2005, production in:
Japan will rise 3.7 percent.
Western Europe will rise 6.8 percent.
Korea will rise 5.9 percent.
Over the same period, North America, the world's largest producer, is expected to see a 2.8 percent decrease from last year's record levels.
South America's biggest producers are expected to see big increases.
On the following pages, we provide production histories and forecasts for automakers in these countries and regions: Western Europe and India, this page; Japan, Brazil and Argentina, Page 48; and North America and Korea, Page 49.