Mexico production in February took a dramatic 24.2% leap to 252,450 units, spurred by a 27.9% increase in builds for export complemented by a 10.8% boost in domestic assemblies.
Detroit Three production was up 21.9% to 121,304 units, paced byMexico’s 66.1% surge to 34,421. Mexico assemblies led on a volume basis, up 9.1% to 48,339, while Mexico builds increased 11.8% to 38,544.
Among Asian auto makers, volume-leaderMexico output spiked 34.5% to 61,011 units. Mexico and Mexico production was up 17.5% and 11.1%, respectively.
Total light-vehicle sales in Mexico in February were up 7.0% to 74,605 units, with light-trucks up a scant 0.2% and passenger-cars jumping 10.9%.
Detroit auto makers’ new-car sales rose 15.5% to 15,361 units. GM led the way with an 18.1% increase to 11,124.and deliveries were up 11.1% and 7.4%, respectively.
Asian auto makers posted a 16.2% improvement in passenger-car sales to 20,103 units. On a percentage basis, Mazda Mexico led the pack with a 28.0% surge to 1,577.deliveries were up 21.2%, while and sales were off 0.2% and 2.2%, respectively.
European auto makers’ car deliveries fell 0.2% to 14,006 units, largely due to a 1.9% downturn inMexico deliveries. With 10,691 sales for the month, VW accounted for nearly all the volume among European competitors.
Among individual car nameplates, standouts included the Ford Fiesta, up 115.8%; Dodge Charger, up 487.0%; Honda Civic, up 323.8%; and VW Beetle, up 132.6%.
In the light-truck category, Detroit Three deliveries fell 14.1% to 10,574 units. All three auto makers suffered declines, with Ford and Chrysler off 17.9% and 14.6%, respectively, and GM down 8.5%.
Asian auto makers delivered 12,179 light trucks in February, a 14.9% rise compared with year-ago. Nissan sales jumped 11.4% to 5,505, while Honda’s truck sales spiked 92.5% to 3,081.
VW, on a volume basis, dominated light-truck sales among its European counterparts with an 8.3% increase to 1,141 units.Mexico had a solid month, with deliveries growing 49.5% vs. year-ago to 301.
Mexico’s top-selling light-trucks in February included the Honda CR-V, up 143.9%; Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, up 125.4%; VW Routan, up 259.4%; and Toyota Tundra, up 134.8%.