Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

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.
February Sales Records Fall in Mexico
Although the selling pace cooled slightly in February, both car and light-truck deliveries reached new all-time highs for the month.
Strong Sales Cut Feb. 29 Days’ Supply, Despite More Stock 
Robust inventory helped pump up February sales, cutting the month-end days’ supply despite increased dealer stock.
Canada LV Sales Set February Record
Light trucks drive Canada LV sales to another monthly sales record in February, while car deliveries were second-worst for the month in the last 31 years.
Robust Q2 Output Planned 
With nearly 4.7 million units planned for production in April-June, North American assembly workers will be hustling a tad faster to than they did in the first quarter, but will breathe a bit easier than they did a year ago.
Mexico LV Sales Set January Record
Mexican LV sales open new year with record-January performance in cars and light trucks.
V-8s See Modest ’15 Gain, But Smaller Engines Prevail 
Increased light-truck demand boosted V-8 usage modestly in model year ’15, but smaller engines prevailed with 3-cyls. and EVs making gains.
Near-Record January LV Sales in Canada
Record new light-truck sales pushed January LV deliveries in Canada to second-best for the month, despite a steep decline in car demand.
Q1 Car Output Cut, Light-Trucks Boosted 
Ford’s robust Q1 plan nudges January-March to third-best for the period, despite a cutback in car production.
Mexico Sees Record December LV Sales
Mexican dealers brought record 2015 to a close with benchmark December deliveries.
Canada LV Sales Hit Record, Despite December Slide
Canada LV sales hit all-time high in 2015, despite 9.1% December slump.
Q1 Output Slate Holds Steady 
Q1 North American output plan holds steady at 4.4 million-plus, despite having more trucks and fewer cars.
Mexico LV Sales Reach Record Level
November’s record selling pace pushed 11-month Mexico LV deliveries to a new annual benchmark.
Conservative Q1 Output Plan Set 
Expected to close record 2015 on a less robust note in the fourth quarter, automakers plan to open 2016 with just a 1.0% production gain, heavily favoring light trucks.
November LV Sales Record in Canada
Consumers’ love affair with light trucks drives Canada LV sales to November record; annual benchmark to fall within two weeks.


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