Mexican car and truck assembly plants pumped out 147,558 vehicles in April, a 20.5% rise from like-1999's 122,461 (see data p.6). Output for export accounted for most of that gain, rising 27.4% to 109,749 units. But production for domestic consumption also was up, increasing 4.0% to 37,809. Among the volume makers, only DaimlerChrysler de Mexico S.A. experienced a decline, as total production fell 2.1% on a 53.9% dip in cars. The company continues to ramp up PT Cruiser, volume of which ...

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