New light-vehicle sales in Mexico fell in January for the 18th straight month.
Sales declined 8 percent from January 2009 to 64,066 vehicles. January's drop followed a 9 percent decline in December 2009 -- and 11 straight double-digit drops before that.
In January, Nissan Motor Co. was the only automaker with sales of more than 5,000 units to report a gain. Nissan's 17 percent rise to 15,276 put it atop the sales chart. The Japanese automaker's gain was powered entirely by cars; truck sales were flat.
General Motors Co. was No. 2, with sales down 13 percent to 11,417. Volkswagen AG was No. 3 in January, down 11 percent to 10,465.
Rounding out the top five, Ford Motor Co. stayed ahead of Chrysler Group, but not by much. Ford's sales tumbled 25 percent to 6,585. Chrysler's slipped 5 percent to 6,542.