If the first four months are any indication, Mexico is on its way to another robust sales year.
Light-vehicle sales rose 28.9 percent in April compared with April 2001.
For the first four months, sales were up 11.5 percent to 324,611 units.
Leading the way were sales of imports -- up 35.8 percent from the previous April. Imports account for more than half of all sales in Mexico; for the first four months, import sales increased 21.6 percent to 174,092 units.
Of the Big 3, sales of General Motors products were up 40.8 percent for the month, Ford Motor Co. rose 20.3 percent, and DaimlerChrysler sales increased 13.7 percent.
It was also a good month for vehicle production.
Production posted a healthy 17.8 percent gain over April 2001.
Of particular note was an 18.6 percent rise in the production of light trucks for sale outside Mexico.
For the first four months, light-truck production for export was up 15.3 percent from the year-ago period.
Fueling that was North American demand for these vehicles.
GM truck production for export was up 41.6 percent compared with April 2001 and 27.1 percent for the first four months. DaimlerChrysler was up 34.5 percent for the month and up 39.0 percent for the first four months.
Only Ford Motor saw a decrease. It made no light trucks for sale outside Mexico.