Mexican car and truck makers churned out 142,713 vehicles in February, an increase of 19.6% from like-1999 totals of 119,306 units (see data pg. 6). That's the biggest monthly increase since August 1998. While the country remains largely an export platform for manufacturers — production for foreign markets totaled 102,482 units, up 15.3% compared to year-ago — output for domestic consumption grew 32.1% in February vs. like-1999 (40,231 vs. 30,444). The rise in native demand is ...

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