Sales of new light vehicles in Mexico rose for the first time in almost two years in April.
Sales rose 2 percent to 65,416 cars and trucks, the first gain since a 3 percent increase in July 2008.
Sales fell at a double-digit pace in 11 months last year, ending down 26 percent for the year after a 7 percent drop in 2008.
All automakers did not share in April’s gains. Nissan Motor Co. and General Motors Co. posted double-digit percentage sales gains, but sales at Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. fell by double digits.
Even so, the only change in the top 10 came as Renault SA passed Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to take the No. 9 spot.
Sales at No. 1 Nissan rose 10 percent to 15,459. GM’s sales jumped 19 percent to 12,997.
Sales at No. 3 Volkswagen AG fell 4 percent to 10,071, while No. 4 Ford Motor Co. dropped 9 percent to 6,768 and No. 5 Chrysler Group slipped 3 percent to 6,306.
Sales at No. 6 Toyota dropped 14 percent to 3,784. No. 7 Honda slumped 26 percent to 2,864.
For the first quarter, Mexico’s sales slid 3 percent to 189,016 vehicles.