The Mexican auto industry closed a dismal 2009 with production down a whopping 28.0% vs. like-2008 to 1,561,052 units. Domestic builds for the year were off 33.5% to 337,239, while production for export slid 26.3% to 1,223,813, according to Ward’s data. But if December were any indication, 2010 may be a rebound year. For the month, domestic builds and production for export rose 17.4% and 27.4%, respectively, with 158,174 units assembled in total, up from 126,537 in like-2006. ...

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