Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

WardsAuto Flashback – February 2014  1
UAW Split Brewing, 1938 Exports Rise, Post-War Gas Crunch, Packard Retools, Chrysler Hemi Bows and Yugo Gets Cash
Canada January LV Sales Edge Year-Ago
January LV sales edge past year-ago in Canada, but ran fourth behind 2002’s record performance.
Q1 N. American Vehicle Output Plan Fourth Best on Record 
Revised production schedules call for assembly of 4,250,800 cars and trucks in the first quarter, 4.0% ahead of like 2013, including an expected 25.0% gain for electric-car maker Tesla.
2013 Mexico LV Sales Rank Fifth 
Nissan was Mexico’s top-selling brand in 2013 with LV deliveries up 7.6%.
WardsAuto Flashback – January 2014 
1939 Production Falls, Kaiser Darrin Bows, Standard Seatbelts, Chicken Tax Hits VW, First NAIAS Held
Canada Sees 2013 LV Sales Record  1
Canada LV sales reached an all-time high in 2013 thanks to record-setting light truck deliveries.
Makers Build on Robust Q1 Plan 
While Ford continues to review its first-quarter plans, other auto makers have added a net 43,800 units to the already strong Q1 output slate, bringing the total to 4,281,200, a 4.9% gain over of like-2013.
WardsAuto Flashback – December 2013 
Plymouth leads, Packard's Merlin soars, Star Chief rises, Studebaker quits, Baretta goes ragtop in December news from the WardsAuto archives.
Mexico LV Sales Third Best for November 
Nissan/Infiniti holds a commanding sales lead so far this year with an 8.4% gain and a 25% market share.
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.
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