Car production fell sharply in each market. U.S. output was off 14.5 percent, Canadian car production was down 15.2 percent, and Mexican car production dropped 18.8 percent.
Truck output, meanwhile, rose in the United States and Mexico by an equal margin, 2.9 percent. Canadian truck output fell 0.1 percent, dragging the combined North American gain for the month to 2.5 percent. For the second consecutive month, North American truck production has been up over the year-ago month.
Combined U.S. car and truck production was down 4.9 percent for August. Canadian light vehicle output fell 8.2 percent, and Mexico output fell 11.4 percent.