Large-pickup deliveries rose 28.1% above year-ago in June, driving the segment’s market penetration upward to 11.8%. First-half sales of the big pickups shot up 21.2%, the highest gain of any of the major segments.
In 2016, the number of EV nameplates in production will total 96, an increase of just five from 2013. By comparison, output of hybrid nameplates will jump from 185 to 234 in the 3-year period, according to a WardsAuto/AC forecast.
WardsAuto will begin estimating General Motors’ monthly North American production by plant, platform and vehicle line starting with May’s results, following the auto maker’s decision to discontinue reporting the data.
Ford and Nissan are the two biggest reasons industry capacity utilization is running at 100% or more, but they are getting a lot of help from manufacturers with only one or two facilities, nearly all of them on 3-shift/crew schedules.
Inventory levels usually fall from March to April, but the increase is not a red flag because month-end days’ supply of 64 is slightly below average for this time of year, indicating demand is growing.
Networked vehicles that can communicate with each other and the infrastructure open up a new range of possibilities for user functions that will make driving safer, more comfortable and environmentally friendly, the supplier says....More