An Autonews.com report indicates that North American light vehicle production this July has increased 6.2% over July of last year, with numbers hitting near 1.4 million units. This is the 48th straight month where light vehicle production has surpassed 1 million units, which makes this the longest streak in 13 years. The previous record was 24 months, which was set in 2002-2003. These numbers are based on combined totals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
North American Workers Increasing Production to Highest Level in 15 Years
North American workers have rolled up their sleeves over the past several months, producing a total of 8.8 million vehicles in the first half of 2015 alone which increased from 8.6 million vehicles in the first half of 2014. That is an increase of approximately 2.3 percent. Although this does not beat the previous record set in 2000 (9.3 million vehicles were made in the first half of that year), it is the highest mid-year production total in the years since. The increased numbers are positive for auto recyclers because consumers are purchasing new cars and getting rid of older cars.
Mexico Hits Milestone in North American Production Surge
Mexican production accounted for 20 percent of North American production totals. According to Automeetings.com reports, light vehicle factories are currently pumping out an impressive 3.3 million vehicles there, and have been showing steady increases over the past six years. However, 2015 is by far the best year Mexico has had since the recession began, nearly doubling production numbers since the beginning of last year – and reports indicate that if production there continues at its current rate, Mexican workers will be in an excellent position to top that mark by the end of the year, and could reach as high as 5 million units by the year 2020.
Mexico now ranks 7th in the top 10 leading auto production industries, climbing 2 positions over the past 2 years by surpassing French and Spanish production numbers.
Canadian Auto Industry is Slipping
The news is not all good though. A recent news article from business.financialpost.com indicates that the Canadian auto industry has been slipping over the past year, accounting for only 14 percent of the North American production share.
The cause of this low percentage was a rather ugly slump in production last year caused by several top Canadian auto manufacturers moving operations to Mexico, due to the lower labor costs. Exacerbating the problem was General Motors’ decision to move production of its latest model Chevrolet Camaros to Lansing, Michigan and to close part of their plant in Oshawa, Ontario. This caused a chain reaction that resulted in the Canadian auto industry’s lowest production levels since the late 1980s.