North American automakers built 16,898,478 light vehicles in 2018, slipping 0.5% from 2017’s total. The slowdown came from car builds, which tumbled 11.2% to 5,048,106 units. Light trucks grew 4.8% and held a 70.1% share of the LV tally, up from 66.5% in 2017. Plants in the U.S. turned out 10,980,436 LVs for the year, inching up 0.7% after a 4.0% boost in December. Though most automakers fell below year-ago, huge growth from FCA (estimated +24.9%), Tesla (estimated +151.9%) and ...

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