Nissan Motor Co.'s Mexico sales surged 9.3 percent in September, grabbing the monthly sales title from General Motors for the first time since December 2004.
Nissan sold 19,989 vehicles last month. GM sold 19,260, a 6.1 percent jump over 2004.
Nissan had not led Mexico vehicle sales for a single month since it sold 111 more vehicles than GM in December 2004.
Ford Motor Co., which has seen brisk sales for three consecutive months, posted a 22.7 percent gain. It was the third-highest selling automaker in Mexico with 15,674.
Last month, 91,086 vehicles were sold, 12.1 percent more than in September 2004. Through nine months, 794,197 vehicles were sold, an increase of 8.4 percent over the same period in 2004.
Sales of vehicles manufactured outside of Mexico increased 17.4 percent. They make up 62.4 percent of the market. Domestics grew 4.3 percent.
The best-selling domestic car in September was the Nissan Tsuru, with 6,304 units sold, a 19.3 percent increase over the year-ago month. The Chevrolet C2 placed second with 4,758 sales, down 21.5 percent.
Through nine months, GM remained the No. 1 seller in Mexico with 178,707 units, up 10.1 percent. Second-place Nissan sold 161,609 units, a 3.9 percent gain. Ford followed with 142,109, a 19.8 percent gain.
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