Most people complain about automobile factories outsourcing jobs to foreign countries, but the state of Alabama has enjoyed a growth in the industry. Automobile production in that state has risen by 14 percent through the first five months of 2012. Industry is continuing to build on recovery that began in 2010. Cars made in Alabama continue to climb up in the sales charts. While news might look bleak across the industry, this is a good reason to put a little more faith in the market.
Talladega County is host to a major Honda assembly plant. That particular facility is responsible for much of the industry’s local growth. Honda suffered a major setback last year because of the tsunami in March 2011. Facilities around the world were forced to scale back their operations. Part shortages were the order of the day. However, the plant is running wide open for the time being.
Pilot SUV product grew by 28.4 percent, but this pales in comparison to the 44 percent growth that production of the Odyssey minivan has seen. The most shocking gains at the Alabama facility came from a niche vehicle. Production of the Ridgeline pickup has grown by 52.6 percent. Increased sales of these vehicles would help to protect the future of this vital American plant.
Plant officials in Lincoln said that it produces more than 1,300 motor vehicles a day. By 2013, the plant could churn out close to 1,500 a day. This news comes after Honda announced a 47.6 percent increase in US sales. Domestic drivers may very well want cars made in the USA.
There is a Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa County, though it has suffered through some mixed production figures. While production of the GL-Class SUV is up, the R-Class crossover has fallen considerably. Likewise, Hyundai’s factory in Montgomery has seen mixed results. Nevertheless, production of the Sonata has seen some gains. Employees at the Hyundai facility have actually been working overtime for two years to keep pace with increased demand for the Elantra and Sonata.
Growth across the United States is around 25 percent. Canadian motor vehicle factories saw a 14 percent jump. These numbers are promising for many automakers, especially considering previous slumps in the industry. Even Mexican factories have been seeing increased figures. North American production volume for the rest of 2012 is expected to be rather robust. This is especially true if sales keep up.