Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

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.
N. America Makers Plan Fourth-Best Q2 Output 
Vehicle output pace remains at a fourth-best level in the second quarter, trailing the record 4,823,816 units built in April-June 2000 by 9.5%.
Mexico January LV Sales Up 1.5%
January Mexico LV selling pace slows from December, but beats year-ago by 1.5%.
WardsAuto Flashback – February 2014 1
UAW Split Brewing, 1938 Exports Rise, Post-War Gas Crunch, Packard Retools, Chrysler Hemi Bows and Yugo Gets Cash
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