Light-vehicle sales in Mexico rose 2.6 percent in July compared with the same month a year earlier, to 85,275 units.
The surge in July nearly pulled year-to-date sales even with the same seven-month period in 2007. Through July of this year, sales are off 0.7 percent to 599,590.
General Motors regained its sales lead in July after relinquishing the top spot to Nissan Motor Co. in June. GM sales rose 5.5 percent to 18,264 units, while Nissan posted a 5.7 percent gain over July 2007 to 17,402 units.
Ford Motor Co. sold the third-most vehicles in Mexico last month, with sales off 7.0 percent to 10,854 units. Ford Motor's sales figures in Mexico include the Volvo brand. Unlike year-to-date totals in 2007, Ford Motor's sales this year include the Jaguar and Land Rover brands only through May. Since then Tata Motors has owned Jaguar and Land Rover.
Light trucks continue to power sales in Mexico. Ford brand trucks were tops in the segment, up 0.5 percent to 7,656 units last month. Passenger-car sales for the Ford brand were off 20.5 percent to 2,991 units.
GM followed Ford in light-truck sales with 6,850 units, up 11.5 percent. Nissan sold 6,542 trucks, up 18.5 percent.
Mexican consumers continue to purchase an increasing number of Mexico-made vehicles. Domestic vehicle sales were up 13.8 percent in July from last year to 34,248 units. Through July, domestic sales are up 4.3 percent to 231,432 units.