With Ford announcing it will increase production by 40,000 vehiclesat its North American plants this summer, it's clear automakers expect summer sales to remain relatively strong.
It also raises the question of whether GM will follow Ford and Chrysler's lead of limiting traditional summer plant closures to boost production of certain models.
For Ford and Chrysler keeping the summer plants going when they would normally be closed is not surprising. Right now, demand for new cars remains strong despite signs the economy appears to be growing at a slower rate. What's pushing people into showrooms? The pent-up demand created by people driving old cars and trucks.