According to Automotive News, automakers are expected to manufacture 16 million light vehicles in North America in 2013. That's up 500,000 units from last year and marks the largest number since 2002. The prediction comes courtesy of LMC Automotive and IHS Automotive, which point to the improving US economy as a bellwether for total production. LMC Automotive says North America will produce 16 million vehicles while IHS has a slightly more optimistic forecast of 16.1 million units. A total of seven automakers are slated to increase production on the continent this year. Nissan is set to see the largest jump at 20 percent over last year.

Volkswagen, meanwhile, is one of the only manufacturers predicted to scale back production. Analysts expect the German company's output to fall by 23 percent to 170,000 units, thanks in part to slow demand for the Volkswagen Passat and Jetta.


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      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even though the sales of Jetta and Passat are falling (due to pathetic quality and reliability) the rebadged versions of these two cars (A4, A5, A6, A7, A8) have been selling well. Their cars may suck, but they have the best marketing people on payroll.
        scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        I think there was only one accurate thing in your post and it ws about their great marketing.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        >the rebadged versions of these two cars (A4, A5, A6, A7, A8) Once again, you prove that you know NOTHING. The A4 and Passat have not shared a platform since 2005, and the A6, A7, and A8 are all built on MLB, which is EXCLUSIVE to Audi (the A8 even more so, thanks to the aluminum spaceframe construction). Please, go away.
      Tyler
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not surprised at VW following off a bit. The bland mobiles they're pushing out have nothing special about them compared to the competition outside of TDI powertrains, which are of limited appeal. I went with a friend so she could go economy car shopping and I was actually shocked at how the Jetta offered nothing appealing over the Civic, new Forte, and Elantra.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tyler
        If not for their TDI, there would pretty much be no reason to set foot in the VW dealers.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tyler
        >bland mobiles Please. The Japanese are doing bland right now, NOT VW.
          Tyler
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Actually the Accord, Altima, and Mazda6 have been praised for their driving dynamics, more so than the Passat. Their base engines are also delivering better fuel economy. On the lower end, the same story is going on in Jetta world. Outside of the TDI model, the Jetta can't keep up with Mazda3, Ford Focus, and the new Kia Forte in the dynamics department. The Jetta and Passat are pretty bland- VW did it on purpose.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
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      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW has really lost their way in the US. They moved downmarket to expand market-share, and while it worked at first it was a terrible long-term move. They've lost the great interiors and performance that gave them a sense of quality while they still have reliability problems. They over-cut and now they are going to be left selling an inferior product in a rapidly improving economy where people want something better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
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      Soyntgo4it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well for starters the article is mainly set on VW and Nissan probably the least likely that I would purchase either anyway.