Helped by strong sales of its Platina supermini, Nissan has passed General Motors as Mexico's sales leader.
For the first nine months of this year, Nissan outsold GM by 70 vehicles. The last time Nissan passed GM in year-to-date sales was December 1995.
Nissan sold 16,495 cars and light trucks for the month, a 10.2 percent rise from September 2002. More than 25 percent of sales came from the Platina, whose sales rose 40.6 percent. For the first nine months, Platina sales were up 69.2 percent.
Nissan also makes the best-selling car in Mexico, the Tsuru. The automaker sold 5,096 Tsurus in September.
But GM had a strong September too. Sales jumped 12.2 percent from the previous September. The automaker sold 15,417 units.
Overall, dealers in Mexico sold 4.8 percent fewer vehicles for the month. The September total was 70,132. For the first nine months, sales were 2.1 percent behind the comparable period of last year.
Production of Mexico-made vehicles dropped 10.9 percent in
September, to 128,189. For the first nine months, production was down 14.0 percent.