GM leads Mexican auto exports in 2017; Nissan ranks first in production volume
In 2017, General Motors (GM) increased its production volume in Mexico by 14.6% to 805,758 cars, pickups and SUVs, ranking as second biggest auto manufacturer in the country, but also as the automaker with the highest export volume with 693,782 units, a 28.6% hike compared to 2016.
Nissan retained its title as the main automaker in Mexico by volume with 829,262 vehicles, but ranked third as exporter with 468,900 units, behind GM and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
Meanwhile, FCA Mexico ranked third in production with 638,653 units and second in exports to 599,490 vehicles, which represented hikes of 39.1% y 35.2% respectively.
Volkswagen ended up in the fourth position in both production volume and exports with 461,248 vehicles manufactured and 386,122 units shipped overseas.
GM exports increased mainly due to the launch of the redesigned versions of the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain SUVs, as well higher demand for the Chevrolet Trax.
Last year, GM shifted production of GMC Terrain from Ontario, Canada to San Luis Potosi while production of the Chevrolet Equinox started in both the San Luis Potosi facility and another assembly plant located in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila.
GM also saw higher demand for the Chevrolet Silverado. In fact, it was the light vehicle with the highest volume of production in the country with 267,990 units in 2017, just behind the Nissan Sentra which totaled 283,494 vehicles. The Chevrolet Silverado crew cab is manufactured along with its twin, the GMC Sierra, at the Silao, Guanajuato plant.
General Motors exports from Mexico to almost 10 countries, but most of their shipments are to the United States and Canada. GM also ended 2016 with the highest export volume, shipping 539,512 units abroad.