Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

Trucks Drive Canada LVs to July Record
While cars languished in inventory, Canada July light-truck sales topped the 100,000-unit mark for only the third time in history.
Trucks Get Big Q3 Output Boost 
Truck production accelerates in the latest Q3 production-schedule revisions, but car output is throttled.
WardsAuto Flashback – July 2014
Tooling Strikes, Civilian Output Cut, Tire Crisis Looms, Corvette to get V-8, OEM Tubeless Ties, Record '65 Output, Benchmark Corvette Sales, SIA Opens, Allante Stays, Nissan Rejects UAW
Mexico June Car Sales Jump; Trucks Languish 1
Mexico’s improving consumer confidence led to record new-car sales in June, but light trucks were stuck in the fifth-best spot.
Canada Sales Set June Record
Light trucks power Canada LV sales to June record.
Record North American Q3 Output Edges Up 
Strong sales have prompted a 10,000-unit boost in third-quarter output plans, hot on the heels of an 85,000-unit upswing in April-June.
Mexico LV Sales Creep to May Record
Mexican consumers remain wary of the country’s economic outlook, but an extra selling day nudged May LV sales to a new high for the month.
WardsAuto Flashback – June 2014
UAW Battles, Civilian Output Up, Rear Engines Seen; Chrysler Opens Test Track, WAR Slams Excise Tax, Sunbeam Tiger Coming; Samurai Buyback Sought, Small-Truck Dumping
Canada Sees May Sales Record
Light trucks drive Canada to May LV sales record.
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.
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