It has been a very good year.
When the lights go out on 1998, the auto industry will have posted some big numbers.
Light-vehicle sales in the United States are expected to top 15.5 million, making it the second best year.
North American production also takes a second-place ribbon. Light-vehicle output in the United States, Canada and Mexico will top 15.8 million units. Had there been no strikes at General Motors, output likely would have reached 16 million and been a new record.
1999, even better?
North American factories will be even busier in the first quarter of 1999. The forecast: an 8.5 percent increase in production, with light trucks leading the charge. See Page 46.