The first post in this series focused on production volume forecasts for Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Fiat-Chrysler Group and Fuji Heavy (Subaru) based on an examination of LMC’s productive vehicle data. This post will focus on three additional manufacturers: General Motors, Honda Group and Mazda Motors. Check back for the third and final post of the series next week.

General Motors

GM has multiple new models coming in the next few years and the first to make its appearance will be the Chevrolet City Express by the end of 2014, which is expected to reach roughly 20,000 units per year. The new model will actually be a rebadged Nissan NV200 small cargo van built at Nissan’s Cuernavaca plant and will come with unique body panels while the powertrain will remain the same. The following year, major redesigns of the Chevrolet Malibu and Volt are scheduled and production at the company’s Hamtramck, Michigan will shoot up 180% between 2014 and 2016 to hit 149,000 units. Also in 2015 will be the addition of Chevrolet Camaro production at the company’s Lansing Grand River, Michigan plant, which already builds the Cadillac ATS; output there is expected to reach 250,000 units. Finally, in 2016, GM will bring production of its Cadillac SRX and GMC Acadia utility vehicles to its Spring Hill, Tennessee operation, which will see a year-over-year growth of 161%.


Honda Group

At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda revealed its next-generation Fit, a model in which the brand has high expectations as it will begin production at the company’s brand new $800 million plant in Celaya, Mexico this spring. As a result, the model will no longer be imported from Japan and the brand believes it can greatly increase sales of the subcompact car, with output forecasted to jump to 338,000 units by 2016. On the other end of the spectrum, the relatively low-volume Acura NSX will be produced at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio facility beginning in 2015 and production is expected to double to 1,600 cars the following year.


Mazda Motors

The financial struggles of the small Hiroshima, Japan-based automaker have been well-documented over the years, particularly since the company’s separation from Ford Motor Company; more recently, however, the future outlook has begun to look up for the brand.

Since ceasing production of the Mazda 6 sedan in mid-2012 at the company’s Flat Rock, Michigan facility, which is jointly-owned by Ford, the brand imported all of its models to the United States. That will change this year when the company’s new Salamanca, Mexico plant officially opens in March, which will be responsible for building the Mazda 3 and Mazda 2. Nearly 56,000 models of output are anticipated this year, but production will ramp up shortly thereafter as 175,000 units are expected to be built in 2016.