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North America Production Turns More Positive in Q4-2021, Q1-2022

The Omicron variant is creating more risk to the Q1 outlook, but North America production is bouncing back, and strong year-over-year gains are expected in the final three quarters of 2022.

Market Analysis Markets

Eat Your Heart Out, Detroit: Autonomous Volvo SUV With Ride Pilot to Debut in California First

Volvo Cars plans to debut its new unsupervised Ride Pilot system in California with testing to begin in 2022, and will offer the feature as a paid subscription to consumers after it is validated.

Autonomy Mobility

VinFast’s Batteries-Not-Included Plan Questionable

There are many reasons why no automaker in the U.S. has rented their BEV batteries, as Vietnamese automaker VinFast wants to do.

Electrification Batteries

Canada Big Truck Sales Slip 2.3% in December

Canada medium- and heavy-duty truck sales outpaced 2020, up 9.2% year-to-date despite losses posted in five months of the year.

Market Analysis

U.S. Big-Truck Deliveries Climb 6.3% in December

U.S. medium- and heavy-duty trucks finish the year 12.7% ahead of 2020, with only three months of negative sales, withstanding the challenges brought by the ongoing pandemic.

Market Analysis

New CEO Says Velodyne Positioned to Succeed

Velodyne was the lidar sector’s pioneer, but recent management turmoil, plunging revenues and ground gained by upstart competitors in the automotive sector appeared to cloud its future. But while its new top executive, two months into the job, admits some things need fixing, he likes the company’s position as the lidar market begins to emerge.

ADAS Autonomous Vehicles

Easing Supply-Chain Disruptions Lift Outlook for Global Production in 2022

Production in 2022 would outdo pre-pandemic 2019’s 88.7 million units, but supply-chain bottlenecks and stoppages will continue to hinder capacity, including an estimated loss of 4.0 million units from the ongoing – but improving – semiconductor shortage.

Market Analysis Markets

AutoTech Check: ’21 Ford Bronco and ’22 Maverick

Ford’s Maverick compact pickup and Bronco off-roader show off the automaker’s engineering capabilities across two widely different light-vehicle segments.

Drivetrains Electrified Vehicles

Mexico Light-Vehicle Sales Fell 4.0% in December

Light-vehicle sales in Mexico dropped 8.8% in Q4, while full-year deliveries finished 6.3% ahead of 2020’s total. 

Market Analysis

Canada Light-Vehicle Sales Up 0.9% in December

Canada LV sales finished 7.5% ahead for the year, driven by the first two quarters.

Market Analysis

North America Platform by Plant Production Forecast - 2021-2023

North America light vehicle production forecast by vehicle type and country; by manufacturer, vehicle type, and country; by manufacturer, country, and plant; and by manufacturer, platform, and plant by month for 2021-2023. Includes list of models with their associated platform.

Market Analysis Production Forecast

U.S. Market Snapshot: Toyota Could Retain Sales Lead Over GM in 2022

Among the top automakers, Ford will take market share from the two sales leaders in 2022-23, while increases at smaller volume players, including Mazda, Mercedes, Tesla and Volkswagen Group, plus inroads from battery-electric startups, also will nip at GM and Toyota.

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