Light-vehicle sales in Mexico rose 2.6 percent increase in June, as strong truck demand offset weak car sales.
Truck sales were up 11.3 percent compared with the same month last year, to 35,581 units. For the first half of 2006, truck sales increased 11.1 percent.
Car sales were down 2.6 percent from last June, to 51,515. But for the first half of the year, cars are up 13.5 percent over last year.
Last month, 87,096 new vehicles were sold in Mexico. Sales in the first half totaled 533,596, a 12.6 percent increase over the same period in 2005.
General Motors slipped 1.8 percent in June, to 19,081 vehicles, but remained Mexico's top seller. Nissan Motor Co. was second with 17,549 sales, a 0.6 percent gain.
Ford Motor Co. was down 0.2 percent, to 14,817. Volkswagen AG reported 11,348 sales, a 9.0 percent drop from June 2005.
Nissan's Tsuru sedan took over as the best-selling vehicle last month with 5,327 units sold. The Chevrolet C2 fell 17.5 percent to 4,642 sales. But the C2 remained the best-selling car in Mexico through the first half of the year with 32,590 units.
GM was the No. 1 automaker in Mexico in the first six months. GM's sales total of 117,502 was up 8.2 percent from the same period last year. Nissan was second with sales of 106,099, a 13.0 percent increase. Ford was third, up 3.1 percent on the year to 87,929.
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