Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

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.
Canada May Sales Second Best
May’s Canadian new LV selling pace bested that of record-May 2015, but two less selling days held total volume to second-best for the month.
Record Q3 Output Slated
In their first take on third-quarter production planning, automakers have scheduled a record number of vehicles for assembly in North America.
Mexico Sees Record April LV Sales
Mexico’s LV selling pace cooled again in April, but that did not prevent both cars and light trucks from achieving new benchmarks for the month
Q2 Output Plan Pared
A month after the industry pumped up second-quarter output plans, some manufacturers have pared their April-June schedules to the tune of 59,300 units.
Canada Sees Any-Month LV Sales Record
Despite a near all-time low in April car sales, Canadian new light-vehicle deliveries reached an any-month record in April, wiping out the prior benchmark set in May 2015.
Mexico Sales Slow, But Hit March Record
Mexico LV sales set a 10th consecutive monthly record in March with light trucks making inroads for the quarter.
LV Day’s Supply Falls Again in March 
March’s month-end LV inventory count remained fairly steady, but the days’ supply count dipped again as sales rose over February.
March LV Sales Record in Canada
Record March light-truck sales powered the Canadian LV market to its 11th benchmark in the past 15 months, even as cars remained near an all-time low.
Q2 Output Plan Hiked 
A stronger market outlook has prompted automakers to raise second-quarter production plans by 91,300 units, bumping the Q2 schedule to within 98% of like-2015 output pace.


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