The 2002 sales year in Mexico is off to a strong start. It was the best January since Automotive News began collecting sales data for the country in 1993.
Light-vehicle sales were up 18.1 percent compared with January 2001. Car sales rose 21.1 percent. Truck sales increased 9.6 percent.
Of the Big 3, General Motors' light-vehicle sales rose 24.9 percent from the comparable year-ago period.
The Joy/Swing was the best-selling GM car in Mexico with 8,340 units sold - a 25.3 percent increase.
Ford's light-vehicle sales rose 8.5 percent, while DaimlerChrysler sales increased 13.6 percent.
January production was another story. Total production decreased 3.7 percent, to 150,029 units. It's a continuation of the decline the Mexican auto industry experienced last year when the U.S. market softened.
Of the Big 3, only DaimlerChrysler production increased in January. The automaker cranked out 15.8 percent more units when compared with January 2001.