Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

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.
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.


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