The Truck segment posted sales of $504 million in the fourth quarter, down 26 percent compared to 2011. Truck markets in the fourth quarter declined 13 percent, with U.S. markets down 14 percent and non-U.S. markets down 12 percent. Operating profits were $81 million, down 41 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011, partly impacted by restructuring actions taken to reflect weaker markets. The restructuring actions reduced the operating margin by 1.6 percent.
The Automotive segment posted fourth quarter sales of $367 million, down 8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. Automotive unit production in the fourth quarter declined by 7 percent, with U.S. markets up 5 percent and non-U.S. markets down 11 percent. Operating profits in the fourth quarter were $17 million, down 60 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011 largely due to restructuring actions taken during the quarter to deal with continued soft conditions in Europe. The restructuring actions reduced the operating margin by 2.7 percent.
“Starting in 2013, our truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems businesses will be reported as the Vehicle segment,” said Cutler. “We expect our Vehicle markets to grow 2 percent during 2013.”
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