Sales of new cars and light trucks in Mexico rose 1.1 percent in February from a year earlier to 86,976. Nissan Motor Co. remained the market leader by a nose.
Nissan Mexicana's sales rose 2.9 percent to 18,551 vehicles in February. That was 150 ahead of GM's sales, which rose 1.8 percent to 18,401. Nissan's two-month lead in 2008 is 494 vehicles.
Volkswagen Group leap-frogged Ford Motor Co. into third place in February despite sliding sales. February sales of VW, Seat, Bentley and Audi vehicles fell 6.0 percent to 11,590 units. Meanwhile, Ford's sales, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo brands, tumbled 21.4 percent to 10,549.
Fifth-place Chrysler LLC closed the gap with Ford, retailing 10,452 units for a 13.6 percent gain.
Toyota Motor Corp. came in sixth in February, jumping 24.0 percent to 5,166. Honda Motor Co.'s sales climbed 16.8 percent to 4,384.
While Honda's car sales surged 44.6 percent to 2,410, several other manufacturers' sales were powered by light trucks.
At Toyota Motor, truck sales jumped 30.7 percent to 2,806. Chrysler LLC's truck sales rose 23.2 percent to 6,374.
Nissan's truck sales gained 17.7 percent to 6,946, and its car sales fell 4.3 percent. But at GM, cars' 2.2 percent gain outpaced the 1.4 percent rise in truck sales.
Ford-brand truck sales slumped 18.8 percent in February to 7,510. Its car sales slid 28.7 percent to 2,796.
Mexico's sales in the first two months came to 183,822, almost unchanged from 183,733 in the same period a year earlier.