Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

Record 2015 Vehicle Output Seen 
Second-best Q4 output plans are expected to boost North American vehicle production to a record level in 2015.
8-, 9-Speeds, CVTs Make ’15 Gains 
Although 6-speed automatic transmissions still dominate, 8- and 9-speed automatics and CVTs make further inroads in ’15-model light-vehicles.
Mexico LV Sales Set July Record
For the sixth time this year, Mexico light-vehicle sales reach a monthly record in July.
Smaller Turbo Engines Soar in ’15; V-8s Also Increase
Survey shows 4cyl. engines dominate ’15 LVs, but V-8s take increased share.
Q3 Output Gets Lift 
With trucks in the spotlight, production planners boost Q3 output slate after July shortfall.
Mexico Sees June Sales Records
Mexican dealers sell record numbers of cars and light trucks in light-trucks in June.
Canada June LV Sales Still Hot
Canadian dealers post record first-half sales performance on best-ever June, Q2 deliveries.
Q3 Output Still a Record 
Despite some judicious paring, the industry’s Q3 slate remains at a record level and output through September is still second-best.
May Sees More Canada LV Records
Canada’s LV market remains red hot, with more sales records falling in May.
Record Q3 Output Slated 
North American vehicle output through September is pegged at a near-record 13,586,055 units, less than 1% off the record 13,593,591 units built in 2000.
Mexico April Sales: Another Record
Although they cooled a bit from March’s frenetic pace, Mexico new light-vehicle sales in April set a fourth consecutively monthly record.
Canada April LV Sales Set Mark
Light-vehicle sales in Canada reached an April record of 188,300 units that also happened to be the market’s second-best month ever.
April U.S. Light-Vehicle Inventory Steady 
Holding steady, April inventory still below the level needed to support a strong spring selling season.
Q2 Output Trimmed; First-Half Third-Best 
First-half 2015 output to be third-best ever, despite 20,000-unit Q2 cut.
WardsAuto Flashback – April 2015
Graham Launches Hollywood; CIO Wins GM; AMC, S-P Battle; T'bird Leads; Lincoln, Mercury Separate; Gladiator gets Vigilante; AMA Asks Smog Research; 8-Track Intro; Impact Lauded; Minivans Drive Sales


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