MEXICO CITY — Mexico's dealers sold 83,277 new vehicles in October, down 14.3 percent from October 2007. It was the worst tumble for domestic sales in a decade.
The last time year-over-year sales fell more was in October 1998, when they dropped 14.9 percent.
Through the first 10 months, vehicle sales fell 3.4 percent from a year earlier to 845,644.
General Motors was the leader in October. Its sales fell 17.0 percent to 18,045. No. 2 was Nissan Motor Co. with sales of 17,017, down 4.8 percent.
Volkswagen AG was third in Mexico in October, with sales sliding 14.5 percent to 11,301.
Ford Motor Co.'s sales dropped 20.1 percent to 10,050, while Chrysler LLC's sales slipped 15.6 percent to 9,664.
Imported vehicles bore the brunt of the sales decline.
Sales of Mexican-made vehicles rose 5.3 percent in October to 37,783. But sales of imported cars and trucks tumbled 25.7 percent to 45,494.