Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

Robust Q1 Output Scheduled 
A robust first-quarter output schedule calls for the completion of 4,237,400 vehicles, the highest for the period since 2003, when 4,233,600 assemblies were logged in North American plants.
Another Canada LV Sales Record 
For the sixth consecutive time this year, Canada LV sales reached a monthly record in November, thanks to record light-truck deliveries.
WardsAuto Flashback – November 2013 
Ward’s and Goodyear join forces, hunters disrupt war output, Jeep plans civilian entry and Chrysler buys Briggs in November news from the WardsAuto archives
Mexico LV Sales See October Boost 
Asian makes again outpace brands with a 4.5% year-over-year October sales gain and an 11.8% increase for the year.
Automakers Add Q4 Production 
The industry’s latest round of production tweaks sees another 86,700 vehicles added to an already robust Q4 output schedule, bringing the total for the year to 16,491,900 cars and trucks.
Canada LV Sales See October Record 
Record October sales were again fueled by benchmark light-truck deliveries.
WardsAuto Flashback – October 2013 
WAR forecast calls for 4-million build, Hudson introduces new Country Club, Toyota dedicates new U.S. plant and more October News from the WardsAuto Archives.
Mexico September LV Sales Falter
Asian makes turned in Mexico’s best sales performance in storm-hit September, with LV deliveries topping year-ago in the face of a general market downturn.
Automakers Boost Q4 Production Plans
A significant boost in fourth-quarter vehicle production is expected to propel output for the year to a fourth-best 16,380,200 units, the highest level since 2002.
LV Sales Set September Record in Canada
Analysts see a record year in store for Canada as light-vehicle deliveries reach an all-time September high of 148,353, erasing a 13-year-old benchmark.
WardsAuto Flashback – September 2013 
Automakers introduce "junior cars," Super Wasps, and an ill-fated Italia, while Ward's asks "Why an Auto Show?" in September news from the WardsAuto archives.
Mexico August LV Sales Slip
An extra selling day and strong car sales helped buoy the Mexican LV market in August.
Record August LV Sales in Canada
For the second consecutive month, record light-truck sales powered Canada LV deliveries to record heights in August.
Q4 Output Plan Levels Off, But 2013 Fifth-Best 
In their first crack at fourth-quarter North American output schedules, auto makers have slated 3,912,800 cars and trucks for completion, a scant 0.4% ahead of like-2012, with truck increases mostly negated by lower car volumes.
WardsAuto Flashback – August 2013
New Crosley rumored; Hupmobile starts production, Hydra-matic plant goes up in smoke, and more August news from the WardsAuto archives.
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