Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

Mexico LV Sales Creep to May Record
Mexican consumers remain wary of the country’s economic outlook, but an extra selling day nudged May LV sales to a new high for the month.
WardsAuto Flashback – June 2014 
UAW Battles, Civilian Output Up, Rear Engines Seen; Chrysler Opens Test Track, WAR Slams Excise Tax, Sunbeam Tiger Coming; Samurai Buyback Sought, Small-Truck Dumping
Canada Sees May Sales Record
Light trucks drive Canada to May LV sales record.
Record Q3 Output Set 
North American output through September is expected to rise 4.1% over year-ago, thanks in large part to record production in the third quarter.
Economy Hits Mexico April LV Sales
An economic slowdown resulting from higher taxes due to a revised tax code, fewer exports, less consumer spending and rising unemployment is being blamed for lack-luster April performance.
WardsAuto Flashback – May 2014 
Coal Strike Hits Ford; Briggs Walkout; Industry Preps for D-Day; Composite car is $2,557; Ford Plans SUV; Chrysler-Mack Proposed; AWD Cars Slow; Taurus on Top
Canada Sees April LV Sales Record
Light trucks push Canada LV sales to April record.
Q2 Output Sees Modest Boost
Another production boost puts first-half 2014 North American car and truck output on track toward 8,722,500 units, 3.4% more than like-2013’s 8,434,700 completions.
Mexico March LV Sales 5th Best
March LV sales in Mexico top those of February and year-ago.
WardsAuto Flashback – April 2014 
Crosley Bows, Reo Merges, Styling Sells, V-8s Soar, Typhoon Hits, Mustang Debuts, Skyhawk Dies.
Canada March LV Sales Third Best
Canadian buyers snap up a record number of light trucks in March.
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.
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