Erin Berger

Industry Analyst,

Erin is a member of the WardsAuto data and research group.

North American Light-Vehicle Production Hits 12-Year High in January 
Car production saw a small downtick of 1.0% to 557,872 units, but production of light trucks jumped 5.6% to 768,764.
U.S. Fuel Economy Index Up Slightly in January
The market shifted to larger, less-fuel efficient vehicles, but the improved fuel economy of many ’15 models kept the average up.
North American Light Vehicle Production at 14-Year High in 2014 
December output was 17.1% higher than same-month 2013, leading to 5.2% growth for all of 2014.
U.S. Fuel Economy Index Continues Downward Turn in December
The market shifts to larger, less-efficient vehicles as gas prices hit a 5-year low.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Down 2.2% in November 
Declines in output from the Detroit Three outweighed gains from other manufacturers.
U.S. Fuel Economy Index Sees First Year-Over-Year Decline in Four Years 2
Decreasing fuel prices increased consumer interest in less fuel-efficient models.
North America Light-Vehicle Production Sets October Record 
Several manufacturers reached best-ever results in the month, and light-truck production continues to grow.
October U.S. Fuel Economy Index at 10-Month Low
As fuel prices continued to drop, buyers chose less fuel-efficient models.
September North American Light-Vehicle Production at 15-Year High 
Many automakers hit record-high September results with double-digit gains from last year.
September U.S. Fuel Economy Index Up 2.1%
Low fuel prices increased the share of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, while share of hybrid and plug-ins continue dropping.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Down 1% in August 
Several automakers posted record results for the month, while others saw double-digit declines.
August U.S. Fuel Economy Index Up 2.4%
The average rating for cars was 29.7 mpg, and light trucks scored 21.2 mpg.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Reaches Best-Ever July Result 
Automakers boosted production to manage inventory as sales remain high and plant retooling shutdowns are planned.
July Fuel Economy Index Maintains Second-Best Score
The impact of alt-power vehicle sales gains was hampered by a market shift to heavier, less fuel-efficient segments.
WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index Rises 2.2% in the First Half of 2014
The average rating for cars grew 2.6% to 29.3 mpg. Light trucks averaged 21.1 mpg, 3.2% higher than year-ago.
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