Canada’s share of North American light vehicle production dropped significantly in the first half of 2015, falling to 12.5 percent compared to 13.9 percent in the same period in 2014.
The overall decrease in production can be partially attributed to the 14 week long re-tooling of the Windsor FCA plant, which saw light truck production volumes at the facility drop 60 percent compared to the previous year. The underlying situation in Canadian vehicle production remains troubled, however, with an uncertain outlook for GM’s Oshawa and for FCA’s Brampton facilities.
As light vehicle production continued to rise in North America in the first half of 2015, Mexico’s share of the continental total closed in on the 20 percent mark. Honda and Mazda’s new plants in Mexico started to pick up momentum after difficult beginnings and were the main contributors to the growth of light vehicle production in the country.
From a continental standpoint, of note was Toyota hitting the one million unit mark for North American production for the first six months of 2015. While Toyota lost its overall global production crown to VW in the first half of 2015, in North American it remains far ahead of its German rival with VW production falling to only 300,000 units.