Erin Berger

Industry Analyst,

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

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.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Up 6.7% in June 
Production of light trucks, especially CUVs and pickups, remained strong. Car production grew slightly in the month, but was still down for the year.
June U.S. Fuel Economy Slips From Prior Month
The average fuel-economy rating for cars and light trucks sold in June decreased from May as the market shifted to less fuel-efficient segments.
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