Erin Sunde

Industry Analyst,

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

Fuel Economy Improvement Continues to Slow
Low gas prices turned buyers to less-efficient body styles and powertrains, but automakers’ progress toward CAFE standards moved the average upward.
World Vehicle Sales Up 0.5% in First Half 
Growth in North America and Europe balanced losses in South America and Asia.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Up 4.8% in June 
Car production was slightly below year-ago, but output of light trucks jumped 8.5%.
U.S. Fuel Economy Up 1.1% in June
Volkswagen surpassed Mitsubishi to be the top-ranked automaker on the index.
World Vehicle Sales Down 2.1% in May 
All regions except North America were down from year-ago.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Down 2.3% in May 
A sharp drop in Canadian output outweighed gains in the U.S. and Mexico.
Mexico Continues Record Sales in May
This was the first May outcome to surpass 100,000 units, as the daily sales rate soared 20.0% from year-ago.
U.S. Light Vehicles Set Fuel-Economy Record in May
The market shifted to smaller car and light-truck segments, allowing several automakers to hit all-time high scores.
World Vehicle Sales Dip Down in April 
Gains in North America and Europe could not keep the global total above prior-year
North American Light-Vehicle Production Hits 13-Year High in April  1
Two of the top manufactures saw year-over-year declines, but many automakers achieved record-high monthly results.
U.S. Fuel Economy Up 1.4% in April
The market average was down from March, but some automakers hit record highs.
World Sales Hit Record High in March 
Global vehicle deliveries reached 8.58 million units with mixed results across the different regions.
China Production Up 5.4% in First Quarter 
Car and light-truck production continued to grow, but large commercial vehicles saw a sharp downturn.
North American Light-Vehicle Production Up 4.5% in March 
Honda and Nissan hit record-high March output, while others posted double-digit gains.
Record Fuel Economy for U.S. Light Vehicles in March
Although gasoline prices remained at a 6-year low, consumers dealt with the biggest month-to-month increase in four years.
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