North American automakers built 16,971,518 light vehicles in 2017, a 4.3% decrease from 2016’s production record of 17,729,618. For the month, production slowed 11.1% to 1,130,339 LVs, the lowest December total since 2010. Much of the slowdown came from car production, which shrank 15.3% to 5,683,233 for the year, and fell 4.4% points to 32.6% share of the light-vehicle total. Mirroring the vehicle-type splits in sales trends, light-truck output rose 2.5% to 11,288,285 units. ...


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