Auto production up significantly

The auto industry is ramping up production as the economy recovers, and American manufacturers have seen strong assembly numbers in recent months. As more cars, trucks and vans are made, manufacturing facilities throughout the country are in need of raw materials, parts and other supplies, forcing transportation companies to better optimize their routes and ensure deliveries are timely by employing the use of route planning software.

Surge in sales
According to new reports, the number of new vehicles sold in June was much higher than in recent months - June 2013 saw the most purchases in more than five years. The New York Times revealed Ford saw a year-over-year increase of 13.4 percent, while General Motors sales picked up 6.5 percent when compared to June 2012. Chrysler saw an improvement of 8.2 percent.

Consumers may be more eager to purchase cars now that the economy is showing signs of improvement, especially if they held off on replacing older vehicles while the recession and long recovery made it difficult for them to afford big purchases.

Trucks led much of the jump in sales, which could indicate that consumers aren't the only ones in the market for new vehicles - fleets that rely on these vehicles could also be increasing their purchasing and investing in new vehicles now that business has picked up. Construction companies, for example, could be more busy now that the housing market is undergoing a recovery and home building season is in full swing. It could be an ideal time for these firms to finally replace older utility vehicles they've held on to for years. According to The New York Times, Chevrolet's Silverado pickup truck had a year-over-year sales jump of almost 29 percent, Ford's F-Series pickup saw an increase of almost 24 percent and Chrysler's Ram trucks experienced sales jumps of 24 percent.

Companies must optimize deliveries
With auto production soaring and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, transportation companies responsible for delivering raw materials and parts to manufacturing facilities will need to ensure they are capable of making all scheduled stops on time. By using route optimization software, fleet managers can ensure they are maximizing utilization of available trucks and planning runs more efficiently, allowing plants to meet production schedules and manufacture more vehicles.