August retail vehicle sales in Mexico almost matched August 2005, falling a scant 0.1 percent.
A strong showing in truck sales was offset by a slide in cars. Last month, 36,561 trucks were sold in Mexico, an 11.0 percent increase from August 2005. Car sales were down 6.5 percent, to 54,376 units.
Last month, 90,937 vehicles were sold in Mexico, down just 123 units from August 2005. Through the first eight months of the year, sales were up 0.6 percent to 707,604 vehicles.
The top two automakers in Mexico suffered sales drops in August. General Motors remained No. 1, posting a 3.7 percent decrease to 19,729. Nissan Motor Co. fell 3.2 percent to 17,912 units.
The Nissan Tsuru was the best-selling vehicle in Mexico for the third month in a row with 5,044 sales. Chevrolet C2 sales fell 28.3 percent to 4,084. This decrease allowed the Tsuru to take over as the best-selling vehicle in Mexico through the first eight months of the year -- to 41,470 units, compared with the C2's 40,752.
GM remains the top-selling automaker this year with 154,587 vehicle sales through August, although that is down 3.0 percent from the same period last year.
Nissan was No. 2, off 0.9 percent from last year. Ford Motor Co. was No. 3, down 5.5 percent.
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