Al Binder

Senior Editor,

Al writes about vehicle-production and market trends in North America.

January Canada LV Sales Third-Best
Record light-truck sales drive LV deliveries to third-best January.
Makers Boost Q1 Output Slate 
Stronger-than-expected demand has forced automakers to reverse course and boost Q1 output, especially for trucks.
WardsAuto Flashback – January 2015
Goodyear Zepplin Formed; U.S. Rubber Buys Fisk; SAE Looks Post-War; Electric Power Steering; Packard's New Suspension; Lincoln Futura Bows; Car Sales Record; U.S.-Canada Trade Deal; VRAs No Problem; Carbs Hang On
Mexico Sees 2014 LV Sales Record
Mexico LV sales totaled a record 1,133,757 units in 2014, narrowly eclipsing an 8-year-old benchmark.
Canada LV Sales Post 2014 Record
Despite some softening in December, Canadian new LV sales reached an all-time high in 2014, breaking a year-old record.
Q1 N.A. Output Takes Hit 
Following a strong sendoff to 2014, North American Q1 vehicle output has been trimmed 1.1%.
WardsAuto Flashback – December 2014
1939 Ends Strong; Wagons Gain; Soldiers Man Plants; Fishers Buy Land; Costly '55 GM Facelifts; Q1 1955 Record; Studebaker-Toyota May Link; Radial Tires Coming; Plant Shutdowns Loom; Saturn Misses Target; GM Takes Saab Stake
Mexico Sees November LV Sales Record
Although neither cars nor light trucks individually posted a November record, together they set a new November LV sales benchmark.
Modest Gain Seen in Q1 Output 
As 2015 approaches, automakers have slated a modest 2.5% first-quarter production increase in North American plants.
Record November Canada LV Sales
With record sales in November, Canadian LVs are assured of 2014 record.
WardsAuto Flashback – November 2014
Studebaker Trims Prices; Chrysler Strike Drags On; Essay on Communism; Army Releases Workers; War Needs Amplified; Ford, Chevy Battle; AMC gets Mighty Might; Padded Dash at 60%; Vent windows Disappear; Rambler, Ford Expand in Mexico; Ford Buys Jaguar; Chrysler May Cut Plants; AWD Sales Soften
Mexico Sees October LV Sales Comeback
Renewed buyer interest and extra selling days prompt resurgence in Mexico LV sales to a record 100,769 units in October.
Canada Sets October LV Sales High at Lower Pace
Canada new light-vehicle deliveries rose to an all-time high for October, despite less frenetic selling pace
Automakers Tweak NA Output 
2014 North American auto production remains steady at 17.3 million, despite Q4 tweaks trimming 20,500 units.
WardsAuto Flashback – October 2014
1929 Record Seen; Auburn's New Headquarters; Ford Prices Up; Tire Suits Ended; War Labor Shortage Critical; $500 Post-War Car; Hudson Drops Step-Down; Sporty GM Wagons; Safety Door latches; GM-UAW Strikes Drags On; Mustang Output Lags; Merkur Dropped; Plant Closings Loom
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