This is one of those weeks when the auto industry is slowly but surely showing that its darkest days have passed.
The three-year downturn in production is giving way to small, but important increases in the number of cars and trucks rolling off assembly lines.
* Ford is increasing production of its Focus. This after two previous announcements third quarter production would be rising.
* Chrysler has quietly begun to push more product out it's assembly plants after its Cash for Clunker "double down" incentive was a huge success. So huge, Chrysler dealers complained of running low on certain models.
* GM, which reported historically low inventories in July, is looking at how to get more models out to its dealers as quickly as possible.
Cash for Clunkers, and the surge in demand is the main reason the big 3 are starting to build more cars and trucks.