General Motors and Ford Motor Co. led strong sales of light vehicles in Mexico in August. Total industry sales rose for the fifth straight month.
Sales rose 9.4 percent over August 2004 to 90,646 vehicles, a rebound after July's lackluster 0.6 percent increase.
March, when sales were 5.2 percent below March 2004, was the last month in which sales trailed those of the 2004 period.
GM sold the most vehicles in Mexico last month, 20,483. Its sales rose 14.5 percent from August 2004.
Second-place Nissan Motor Co. was flat. The automaker sold 18,509 vehicles, two fewer than in August 2004.
No. 3 seller Ford had its second straight hot month, rising 27.2 percent to 18,115 units. It posted a 10.0 percent gain in July.
Sales of vehicles manufactured outside of Mexico increased 12.5 percent in August. They made up 61.8 percent of sales. Domestics rose 4.7 percent.
The Chevrolet C2 was the best-selling vehicle with 5,694 units, edging the Nissan Tsuru's total of 5,273.
GM remained No. 1 in sales through the first eight months of this year with 159,447 sales, up 6.6 percent from the same period of 2004.
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