Mexico's Aug. sales rise, output falls

The teeter-totter between sales and production in Mexico continued in August.

Mexico's output of light vehicles fell 12.6 percent in August to 155,524 units. But sales rose 19.7 percent from August 2000 levels, to 80,874.

August's sales results were stronger than the pace for the year, which has seen an overall increase of 11.6 percent.

All automakers reported sales gains. They ranged from General Motors' 4.9 percent advance to Honda's 66.9 percent increase. The Nissan Tsuru was the best-selling Mexican-built car in August, with 8,269 sales. Sales of the Volkswagen New Beetle rose 54.8 percent from year-ago levels to 4,765. The Chrysler PT Cruiser was the highest volume export produced in August, with 19,951 units made. The Nissan Sentra, at 15,489, was the second-highest volume export that month. The Chevrolet Avalanche followed, with 15,164 units produced.

In contrast to the sales gain, vehicle production for the first eight months of the year totaled 1.2 million, a 1.7 percent drop from the same period last year.

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