After a rocky January, light-vehicle sales in Mexico bounced back last month.
Light-vehicle sales in February totaled 89,445, a 5.5 percent increase over February 2004. For the first two months, sales were up 6.3 percent from the year-ago period to 182,676 units.
Volume leader General Motors dropped 0.4 percent in February to 19,904 cars and trucks. For the first two months, sales were up 0.4 percent.
Ford Motor Co. sales rose 10.7 percent in February to 15,091 units. For the first two months, Ford sales were up 16.1 percent.
DaimlerChrysler's February sales jumped 14.3 percent to 10,190 vehicles. For the first two months, sales were up 14.8 percent.
The best-selling vehicle in Mexico's domestic market in February was the Nissan Tsuru. Sales were up 9.3 percent to 5,673 cars. Sales for the first two months were 7.8 percent ahead of last year.
Production in Mexico also rose in February. The industry built 130,077 cars and light trucks, 6.4 percent more than in February 2004. But for the first two months, production lagged last year's volume by 5.8 percent.