Al Binder

Senior Editor,

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

More Turbo, DI Engines in ’17; 4-cyl. Soars in Cars 
Despite increased demand for light trucks in model year ’17, 4-cyl. engines again dominated the field with a 54.5% industry share.
WardsAuto Flashback – November 2017
Automakers Optimistic; Steel Strike Losses; New Tire Design; No Cadillac Small Car; Some '60 Cars too Wide; Truck Output Strong; VW Losing Share; Chrysler Cuts Dealers; New GMC Engines; GM Employment Rising; Mazda R100 Due; Federal Loan for Chrysler; Pacer Bites Dust.
Mexico September LV Sales Second-Best 
Mexico LV sales tumble to second place in September in aftermath of earthquakes.
Record September Canadian LV Sales
Peak light-truck demand again drove Canadian light-vehicle sales to a record level in September, 3.0% above year-ago.
Q4 Output Slate Takes Hit
Automakers trim 34,000 North American assemblies in latest Q4 output review.
August Second-Best in Mexico LV Sales
August sees second-best Mexico LV sales volume, but light trucks set record.
Canada LV Sales Set August Record
August retail sales of new light vehicles in Canada rose 2.5% to a record for the month, thanks to strong light-truck demand and an extra selling day.
Output Set for Year-End Decline
With Q4 output running 2.6% below year-ago, 2017 North American car and truck production is headed for a fourth-place finish.
Mexico LV Sales Second-Best for July
Mexico LV sales run second-best in July, despite record light-truck volume.
Turbo Engine Use at Record High
The use of turbocharged engines in light vehicles built for the U.S. market hit a record high at the midpoint of the ’17 model run, despite a decline in turbodiesels.
Record July LV Sales in Canada
Despite seasonal a slowdown, Canadian LV sales set a new July benchmark, thanks to record light-truck sales.
Automakers Cut Q3 Output Plans
In a reality check, automakers cut third-quarter North America output plans on the heels of Q2 shortfall.
Mexico June LV Sales Second-Best
Despite record light-truck sales, Mexico LV deliveries slipped to second-best in June.
June LV Sales Record in Canada
Canadian dealers delivered 202,887 light vehicles in June, down from May’s all-time high, but still a record for the month.
N. America Q3 Plan Sees Modest Uptick
The North American auto industry’s third-quarter output plans see modest increase, mostly set for Ford.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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