Car and light-truck sales in Mexico rose for the fifth straight month in July.
Sales were up 1.4 percent to 84,482 units compared with July 2003. Sales for the first seven months were 9.0 percent higher than the year-ago period. The only month this year that sales dropped was February - and then by only 12 units from February 2003.
Nissan Motor Co. sold the most units of any automaker in July - 18,652 - though sales lagged 6.8 percent behind July 2003. And even though sales of the Nissan Tsuru were down 12.6 percent in July, it remained the best-selling car in Mexico with 5,334 sold.
Still, Tsuru sales for the first seven months were 9.4 percent ahead of the comparable period last year. Nissan sales for that same period were up 4.5 percent.
General Motors sales dropped 3.8 percent in July. But sales climbed 9.2 percent for the January to July period.
For the first seven months, sales for all automakers totaled 594,303. That's up from 545,330 in the first seven months last year.
Production figures were largely negative. But both GM and Ford Motor Co. were shut down for two weeks instead of the one week they were last year.
Total Mexico vehicle production for July was 117,542 units. That was down 5.5 percent from July 2003. Also for July, car exports rose 2.1 percent to 52,834 units. Truck exports fell 31.5 percent to 30,398.
GM built 38.9 percent fewer trucks for export in July compared with July last year.
GM's overall monthly production dropped 9.4 percent. For the first seven months, GM's production was down 2.8 percent to 270,751 units.
No. 2 producer DaimlerChrysler AG saw its July numbers slip 10.6 percent from July 2003. But for the first seven months, DaimlerChrysler production was ahead 11.6 percent to 202,780 units.