Mexican car and truck production hit 141,646 units in June, an 8.8% improvement from like-1998 (see data p.6). Despite new car taxes, an inadequate credit system and a severe drought across one-third of the country (see related story p.3), automotive output is bettering respectable year-ago totals. In fact, June's increase is the largest since December. Calendar year outturn through June is running 2.7% ahead of like-1998 totals (763,372 vs. 743,345). In June, production at General ...

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