Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

Automakers Shuffle Q4 Output Plans
Juggling of fourth-quarter output plans nets 13,000-unit gain, with record 18.2 million completions all but assured for 2016.
Mexico LV Sales Juggernaut Keeps Rolling
Both car and light-truck sales again rose to record levels in Mexico in September, keeping the industry on track to achieve a new annual benchmark.
Q4 Output Steady  1
North American vehicle output still headed to record high in 2016.
Another Record Month in Mexico
Continuing a string of monthly records, car and light-truck sales hit an August high, marking the fifth-best month in history.
Q4 Output Steady, Record Year Seen
North American vehicle output plans edge to record high in 2016.
July: Another Record for Mexico LV Sales
Both car and light-truck sales rose to new heights in July, maintaining a string of LV sales records that began 19 months earlier.
Car Weakness Holds Down Canada July Sales
Weak car sales held Canadian LV sales to second-best for July, despite record light-truck deliveries.
Engine Mix Steady; CVTs Soar 
A WardsAuto survey sees modest gains in 4-cyl. LV engines in ’16-models, while auto transmissions get more speeds and CVTs soar.
Q3 Gets 23,400-Unit Boost 
A boost on third-quarter North American output mostly offsets a shortfall in the final second-quarter tally.
June Sees LV Sales Record in Mexico
Continuing a string of monthly sales records that began in January 2015, Mexican consumers bought 134,376 light vehicles in June, despite concerns over a slowing economy and weaker peso.
Q3 Sees Minor Adjustment
As Q3 output gets under way, scheduling adjustments have trimmed North American production plans by just 0.2%.
May Sales Record in Mexico
Signs of a possible slowdown in the Mexican economy had little impact on light-vehicle buyers who took home a record number of cars and light trucks in May.
Canada May Sales Second Best
May’s Canadian new LV selling pace bested that of record-May 2015, but two less selling days held total volume to second-best for the month.
Record Q3 Output Slated
In their first take on third-quarter production planning, automakers have scheduled a record number of vehicles for assembly in North America.
Mexico Sees Record April LV Sales
Mexico’s LV selling pace cooled again in April, but that did not prevent both cars and light trucks from achieving new benchmarks for the month

Feb 10, 2017

Volvo V60 Polestar 2.0L Turbo/Supercharged DOHC 4-cyl. -- 2017 Award Acceptance

Stefan Hermelin, general manager-Monitoring & Concept Center, accepts Volvo Cars' award at the 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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