North America churning out vehicle records

The production line at the Subaru of Indiana Automotive assembly plant in Lafayette, Ind. July marked the 48th straight month in which North American light-vehicle output surpassed 1 million units.

Automotive News
August 22, 2015 – 12:01 am ET

In case you missed it, production of cars and trucks in North America is running at historic levels.

July production of 1,382,380 vehicles, up 6.9 percent, set a record for the month. It also was the 48th straight month in which North American output surpassed 1 million. The old record for consecutive months over 1 million was 24, set in 2002-03.

In the first half of 2015, light-vehicle output in the U.S., Canada and Mexico climbed to 8,840,116, up from 8,692,162 in the first half of 2014. That’s not a record (9.3 million were built in the first half of 2000), but it is the highest total since then.

Oh, and another milestone: Through July, Mexican production accounted for 20 percent of the North American total. The country’s assembly plants turned out a record 3,350,655 vehicles last year and are on track to bust that mark some time in the fourth quarter.

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