Al Binder

Al
Binder
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Q1 Output Mostly Steady
Several automakers have scaled back their robust first-quarter output plans, but on the whole the industry is still set to build 2.7% more cars and trucks than were assembled in like-2016.
WardsAuto Flashback – January 2017
Hudson Causes 'Panic';Ppackard Scrap Drive, Gasoline Rationing?; Ford Tops in 1957; Rambler American Launched; Air Suspension Fizzles; 1967 Third Best; WAR On Air Safety Hikes Prices; Dodge Super Bee Unveiled; Electronics Boom; Torino Pace Car, 6-Cyl. Rises; All-New Ram; Chrysler ABS Problem; Olds Aurora Displayed
December Caps Record Year in Mexico
Banner year for light-vehicle deliveries in Mexico ends with December record of 192,307.
Canada Sees 2016 LV Sales Record
Following a benchmark November, Canada dealers sold fewer light vehicles in December, but still set a record for the year
NA Output: Q4 Loss Is Q1 Gain
After a record 2016 performance, market uncertainty has prompted automakers to move output from December into January-March, giving them more wiggle room to meet market demands.
WardsAuto Flashback – December 2016
Studebaker Seeks Empire; New Jeep Models; Auto Payrolls at New High; 1957 Production Up; New T'bird Unveiled; 'Sensational' Chrysler Auto-Pilot; Toyota Aims for No. 2; '68 Safety, Smog Costs; AMC, Gulton EV; Toyota-GM J-car Talks; Camaro redesigned; Alfa Struggles
Mexico LV Sales Records Fall in November
With a month to go, Mexico sees new annual LV sales record in November.
Canada LV Sales Hit November Record
After a couple of lackluster months, light-vehicle deliveries in Canada bounced back sharply to set a November record.
U.S. Light-Vehicle Inventory Remains High in November  1
Contrary to expectations, November’s stockpile of light vehicles grew 4.2% for second consecutive month, portending more sales incentives and/or selective production cuts.
N. America Output Off to Fast Start in Q1 2017
After building a record number of cars and trucks in 2016, automakers are opening the new year with a second-best first-quarter plan.
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.
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