Mexico’s light-vehicle output in March jumped 10.6% from year-ago to 280,970 units resulting from a 17.3% rise in builds for export that offset a 12.7% drop in domestic production.
Detroit auto makers posted mixed results, withMexico and Mexico output climbing 31.8% and 10.5%, respectively, while GM Mexico assemblies fell 10.1%.
The Detroit Three, combined, saw a 6.6% gain in production to 138,397 units, compared with like-2011, according to WardsAuto data.
Asian auto makers fared better in March, with volume-leaderMexico’s output jumping 18.8% to 62,908 units. Mexico and Mexico saw build rates rise 14.6% and 7.2%, respectively, compared with year-ago.
Mexico, the only European auto maker to produce LVs in significant volume, enjoyed a 10.5% increase to 56,159 units in March.
Total LV sales in Mexico last month grew 7.2% to 83,454 units, compared with year-ago, with cars sales rising 14.1% to 54,707 and light-truck deliveries falling 3.8% to 28,747.
Detroit auto makers’ new-car sales surged 21.1% to 17,150 units, led on a volume-basis by GM, which saw deliveries swell 23.5% to 11,996.sales soared 39.9%, albeit on only 2,670 units. deliveries were off 2.2% to 2,484.
Asian auto makers posted a 20.8% gain in new-car sales to 22,297 units.
led on a volume basis, climbing 29.4% to 16,212, compared with prior-year. Mexico and also enjoyed solid months, up 31.2% and 19.4%, respectively.
European auto makers’ car deliveries slipped 0.3% to 15,360 units in March, compared with a 141.6% surge byMexico, which began selling cars in the local market in June 2011.
Among individual nameplates, standouts included the Toyota Avanza, up 98.9%; Mercedes C-Class, up 80.2%;Beetle, up 159.9%; and Civic, up 189.6%.
In the light-truck category, Detroit Three deliveries slid 14.9% to 12,269 units, compared with like-2011. GM and Chrysler were down 18.8% and 4.2%, respectively, while Ford’s results were down 22.7%.
Asian auto makers sold 13,562 light trucks in March, a 4.6% uptick compared with year-ago. Nissan sales were up 5.2% to 6,473, while Honda deliveries rose 29.1% to 2,857. Toyota light-truck sales dropped 4.2% to 2,468.
Among European auto makers, Jaguar Land Rover led the way on a percentage-basis, with light-truck deliveries surging 155.1% to 98 units. Volkswagen was the volume leader, up 16.7% to 1,384.
Mexico’s top-selling light-trucks in March included the Ford Transit van, up 33.4%; Honda CR-V, up 60.2%;Outlander, up 30.2%; and Toyota Tacoma, up 33.9%.