Honda Motor Co.’s Accord beat Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry in U.S. output and led in North American car production last year as Asia-based automakers set assembly records in the region amid rebounding sales.
In the waning days of 2012, car dealer Gordon Stewart’s Chevrolet showrooms were jammed with tire-kickers he hadn’t seen in a while: truck buyers. At his dealership in Garden City, Michigan, he sold 44 Silverado pickups in two days, five times his typical sales volume.
Mexico’s share of North American auto production may rise at a quicker pace as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC seek out workers making less than 10 percent of what their U.S. counterparts earn.
Elon Musk inspired Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of comic-book billionaire industrialist Tony Stark in the “Iron Man” films. The role model for Musk, a billionaire industrialist for real, appears to be Henry Ford.