Mexican car and truck production totaled 145,388 units in April, down 0.5% from the 146,152 vehicles built during like-2000 (see data p.6) — the first dip since October 1999. However, the slight decline indicates Mexico's export-based economy is holding up fairly well, considering the instability of top trading partner, the U.S. Builds bound for foreign markets dropped 1.9% in April compared to year-ago (110,640 vs. 112,831), but are running 3.7% ahead of like-2000 totals on a year-to-date ...

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