Vehicle sales in Mexico topped 1 million units for the second straight year in 2005.
A record 1,131,768 units were sold in 2005 -- 3.3 percent above the 1,095,742 sold in 2004.
General Motors was Mexico's volume leader in 2005 with 249,714 sales, an increase of 2.6 percent over 2004. Nissan Motor Co. was second with 234,932 units, although its sales were flat.
Ford Motor Co.'s sales rose 7.8 percent to 199,836. Volkswagen AG slipped 11.5 percent to 174,082. VW dropped to fourth place behind Ford.
Cars accounted for 63.1 percent of new-vehicle sales last year. Trucks held 36.9 percent.
In December the market eked out a 0.1 percent increase over December 2004 with sales of 146,799 vehicles. Nissan snared the monthly sales crown from GM by posting a 3.5 percent increase over December 2004. Nissan outsold GM 33,834 to 29,763. GM sales fell 8.7 percent in December.
Ford sales were flat at 0.7 percent in December to 24,928, and VW plummeted 11.6 percent to 21,828 compared with December 2004.
Vehicle production in Mexico increased 8.5 percent last year to 1,700,079 units. In December, production surged 32.8 percent to 143,020 vehicles.
The Chrysler group, which builds the PT Cruiser and several versions of its Ram pickup in Mexico, was the top producer of exported vehicles last year.
Chrysler built 336,673 units for export. GM produced 333,229 export vehicles.
VW was the third biggest producer of export vehicles at 242,496 units. Nissan was fourth with 155,771.
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