Despite early signs of a sales slowdown in the United States, auto assembly plants in Mexico continued on track this year to build significantly more cars and light trucks than last year.
For the first 10 months of 2000, Mexico car and light-truck production topped 1.59 million units, 27.6 percent more than the same period in 1999. For October, production was up 49.8 percent to 189,386 units compared with October 1999.
Mexico continues to enjoy robust sales. In October, sales totaled 74,292 units, up 29.4 percent from October 1999. For the year to date, Mexico sales were 666,687 units, 33.4 percent ahead of 1999.
The Nissan Tsuru, a small sedan, topped the Mexico sales charts in October with 8,366 units sold, a 23.3 percent jump over October 1999. Second place was held by the Chevrolet Joy/Swing small car with 5,871 units sold, up 3.8 percent from last year. The Volkswagen Beetle placed third with sales of 3,510, followed by the Jetta at 3,274 units.
In production for export, the Chevrolet Suburban barely edged the Chrysler PT Cruiser in October: 18,073 to 17,898 units. The Volkswagen Jetta placed third with 16,392 units, followed by the Nissan Sentra at 15,865 units.