Al Binder

Al
Binder
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
N. America Q2 Output Gets Boost 
A 58,600-unit gain in planned second-quarter output, on the heels of a 63,500 Q1 boost puts the industry on track for 8,577,500 completions in first-half 2014, 1.7% more than in like-2013.
Mexico February LV Sales Mixed 
Led by increased European-brand volume, February new LV sales in Mexico topped those of January by 1.6%.
WardsAuto Flashback – March 2014 
Studebaker Preps Champion; Nash Met Bows; Chrysler Refines Turbine; T'bird Aimes for Record; Subaru Simplifies; Shift Locks Coming
Canada Sees Record February Light-Truck Sales 
Record light-truck sales buoyed Canadian market to fourth-best level in February.
N. America Makers Plan Fourth-Best Q2 Output 
Vehicle output pace remains at a fourth-best level in the second quarter, trailing the record 4,823,816 units built in April-June 2000 by 9.5%.
Mexico January LV Sales Up 1.5%
January Mexico LV selling pace slows from December, but beats year-ago by 1.5%.
WardsAuto Flashback – February 2014  1
UAW Split Brewing, 1938 Exports Rise, Post-War Gas Crunch, Packard Retools, Chrysler Hemi Bows and Yugo Gets Cash
Canada January LV Sales Edge Year-Ago
January LV sales edge past year-ago in Canada, but ran fourth behind 2002’s record performance.
Q1 N. American Vehicle Output Plan Fourth Best on Record 
Revised production schedules call for assembly of 4,250,800 cars and trucks in the first quarter, 4.0% ahead of like 2013, including an expected 25.0% gain for electric-car maker Tesla.
2013 Mexico LV Sales Rank Fifth 
Nissan was Mexico’s top-selling brand in 2013 with LV deliveries up 7.6%.
WardsAuto Flashback – January 2014 
1939 Production Falls, Kaiser Darrin Bows, Standard Seatbelts, Chicken Tax Hits VW, First NAIAS Held
Canada Sees 2013 LV Sales Record  1
Canada LV sales reached an all-time high in 2013 thanks to record-setting light truck deliveries.
Makers Build on Robust Q1 Plan 
While Ford continues to review its first-quarter plans, other auto makers have added a net 43,800 units to the already strong Q1 output slate, bringing the total to 4,281,200, a 4.9% gain over of like-2013.
WardsAuto Flashback – December 2013 
Plymouth leads, Packard's Merlin soars, Star Chief rises, Studebaker quits, Baretta goes ragtop in December news from the WardsAuto archives.
Mexico LV Sales Third Best for November 
Nissan/Infiniti holds a commanding sales lead so far this year with an 8.4% gain and a 25% market share.
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