Light-vehicle sales in Mexico at the six-month mark were sizzling.
January through June sales totaled 509,821 units, a 10.4 percent increase from the year-ago period.
June sales rose 7.3 percent when compared with June 2003.
Volume leader General Motors sold 17,634 light vehicles in June, a 5.8 percent increase from the year-ago month.
For the first six months, GM sales rose 11.5 percent over January through June 2003.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s June sales slipped 3.6 percent from the previous June, to 16,413 vehicles. But for the first six months Nissan sales climbed 6.8 percent.
Also worth noting: Ford Motor Co.'s June sales were up 9.9 percent vs. June 2003. For the first six months, Ford sales rose 10.5 percent. DaimlerChrysler AG sales were up 6.2 percent in June from the June 2003 and 13.5 percent for January through June compared with the year-ago period.
The total number of export vehicles produced in Mexico slipped for the third straight month.
In June, 101,894 exports were produced compared with 111,138 in June 2003, a dip of 8.3 percent.
Despite the decline, total vehicle production saw a slight increase - 0.6 percent - in June vs. the year-ago period with 146,496 units built. That was up from 145,662 units in June 2003.