Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

WardsAuto Flashback – November 2016
1947 Sales Up; 5.0 Million Output Seen; Polaroid Lighting; Record '58 Coverage; Pontiac, Buick Imports; 1967 Import Record; Ford Resumes Output; New Tire Rules; Triumph TR-250 Bows; Corolla Coming; Future of GM; MVMA Ousts Members; Allante Dropped; IVHS Coming
More LV Sales Records in Mexico
The record number of new LVs bought by Mexican consumers in October pushed the year-to-date tally to within 7.0% of besting any entire calendar year performance in history.
Canada October Sales Slip Again
Even light-truck sales failed to match those of the prior year as Canada LV deliveries slid for a second straight month in October.
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.


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