Light-vehicle sales in Mexico jumped 14 percent in August to 66,933 cars and trucks, led by a surge in demand for vehicles built locally.
Sales of Mexico-built models rose 16 percent during the month compared with August of last year. Imports rose 12 percent.
For the first eight months of 2010, sales of vehicles produced locally grew 13 percent while import sales increased 1 percent. The overall market was up 6 percent through August.
Domestics account for 44.7 percent of the Mexican market this year, their highest share on record.
The proportion of local vehicles sold in the country has increased steadily in recent years. The domestic share of sales rose from 35 percent in 2005 to 43 percent in 2009.
Overall sales are slowly rebounding from 2009, when volume plunged 26 percent to 754,893 vehicles. But sales this year are unlikely to return to the million-plus levels of 2008.
Through August this year, No. 1 Nissan Motor Co. and No. 2 General Motors Co. are showing double-digit gains. The next four in the sales rankings -- Volkswagen AG, Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group and Toyota Motor Corp. -- all have declined.