Healthy sales of light trucks lifted the Mexican vehicle market to a 3.4 percent increase in January over January 2005.
Truck sales increased 17.8 percent last month, helping to offset a 3.6 percent dip in car sales. In January, 96,232 total vehicles were sold.
General Motors grabbed the monthly sales crown from Nissan Motor Co., increasing sales 2.9 percent over January 2005 to 22,416. Mirroring the market's gains, the automaker got a lift from its brisk truck sales, which increased 14.8 percent.
Nissan, the sales leader in December, boosted sales 2.5 percent 18,517 units.
Ford Motor Co. was third, selling 15,897 units, and inching out 1.9 percent growth. Volkswagen AG followed with 14,481, but its sales plunged 11.2 percent.
The Chevy C2 was the top selling-domestic vehicle in Mexico in January with 6,745 units.
Nissan followed with the Tsuru selling 5,149 and the Platina selling 3,632.
Despite the gains by trucks last month, Mexico remains mostly a car market, accounting for 62.7 percent of total sales.
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