Volkswagen Group vaulted from fourth to first in Mexico in April by losing only a little bit while the rest of the new-vehicle market crashed.
April new-vehicle sales in Mexico plunged 38.2 percent from April 2008, to 51,399 units.
VW Group lost 2.1 percent to 9,743, while rivals General Motors and Nissan lost about half their volume.
In April 2008, VW was No. 4 in Mexico with almost 10,000 sales. It trailed No. 3 Ford by roughly 1,000 units, No. 2 Nissan by 6,000 and No. 1 GM by more than 8,000.
But resilient Volkswagen brand sales and a modest gain in sales of Spanish-built Seat cars limited the damage this April for VW.
GM sales dropped 52.5 percent to 8,676 vehicles, putting it more than a thousand behind VW.
Through April, sales of new vehicles in Mexico fell 28.9 percent to 246,882.
Volkswagen is No. 3 for the first four months, but it is closing rapidly on GM and Nissan. For the same period in 2008, VW was 29,133 units behind GM.
VW's four-month sales slipped only 5.5 percent to 42,021. GM's tumbled 40.6 percent to 43,895.
Nissan's sales fell 35.0 percent to 47,861, putting it into the lead so far this year.