Four words describe the trend in Mexico's light-vehicle sales for 2005: Down, up, down, up.
After posting lower totals in March, Mexico auto sales last month rose 7.7 percent over April 2004. Retailers sold 86,427 vehicles in April.
Sales were down in January, up in February and down in March when compared with the respective months of last year.
For the first four months, sales were up 3.5 percent to 358,652 units.
General Motors led the industry with 19,737 car and truck sales in April, a 19.4 percent increase from the year-ago period.
Sales are up 2.1 percent for the year.
Ford Motor Co. sales jumped 17.4 percent for the month to 15,986. For the first four months, Ford sales were up 11.0 percent.
DaimlerChrysler sold 9,652 vehicles in April, a decrease of 0.3 percent from April 2004. But sales four the first four months of the year were up 6.9 percent.
Nissan North America sales increased 6.8 percent for the month to 16,693. For the first four months of 2005 they are up 0.8 percent.
April light-vehicle production for Mexico was 141,950, an increase of 13.1 percent over last year. But for the first four months, production was 2.1 percent lower than last year.