Total light-vehicle output in Mexico rose 15.5% in August from year-ago to 182,147 units, as production bound for export markets climbed 27%.

Output for domestic sale fell 10.9% from year-ago at 42,660 units.

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U.S. Big Three production jumped 37.8% over year-ago to 111,732 units.

The lion’s share of the gain came courtesy of Ford Motor Co. S.A. de C.V., which posted a 183.5% hike due to output of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans. The third vehicle in the trio of sedans, the Lincoln Zephyr, ceased production in June. Its successor, the Lincoln MKZ, was launched over the first weekend in September.

General Motors de Mexico S.A. de C.V. also had a solid month, posting a 39.6% increase over year-ago, while DaimlerChrysler de Mexico S.A. de C.V.’s Chrysler Group suffered a 16.9% decline.

Toyota Motor Mfg. de Baja California and Honda de Mexico S.A. de C.V. enjoyed a production rise of 15.5% and 1.6%, respectively, while Nissan Mexicana S.A. de C.V. saw a 3.9% drop in August.

Mexico’s new car sales fell 7.4% from prior-year in August to 53,492 units. However, light-truck sales rose 14.2% to 36,903 units. Combined, light-vehicle sales pushed a meager 0.4% ahead of year-ago.

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The Nissan Tsuru continued its reign as the top-selling car in Mexico with 5,044 units delivered in August. Its closest rival, the Chevrolet Corsa, racked up 3,236 sales.

U.S. Big Three light-truck demand grew 9.0% on 23,240 units. Chrysler enjoyed a particularly strong month, with PT Cruiser truck sales up 100.5% to 409 units and Dodge Dakota sales rising 67.1% to 274.

Asian auto makers also posted solid results, with combined light-truck deliveries up 26.0% vs. year-ago on 11,631 units. Honda led the light-truck segment, posting a 39.8% gain on 1,511 units.

European auto makers saw light-truck sales rise 22.0% to 2,032 units. Much of the increase was from to Volkswagen de Mexico S.A. de C.V., which notched an 85.2% gain to 1,391 units.