Here’s how sales of Mexico-made cars ended in May over the US market

Here’s how sales of Mexico-made cars ended in May over the US market

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Auto sales for Mexico-made vehicles in the U.S. market remain affected by the trend of customers choosing SUVs over sedans and compact cars during May, according to figures released by each company. 

The following report does not necessary reflects that each vehicle from certain model was built in the country. Automakers constantly mix domestic and overseas supplies from several countries to meet U.S. demand.


Audi of America reported a May sales increase of 2.5% to 19,197 vehicles, as the SUVs and the A4, A5 models led the gains. May 2017 marked the 77th consecutive month of record sales for Audi of America, as well as the fifth-best sales month in the brand’s U.S. history. The previous May record was set last year with 18,728 vehicles sold. Through the first five months of 2017, Audi sales have risen 6.5% to 83,555 vehicles. The built-in-Puebla Q5 SUV remains the brand’s best-selling product to 4,909 vehicles, up 4% compared to previous year. However, the Q5 was outpaced in gains by its bigger sister the Q7 with 3,048 vehicles sold, an increase of 14%.


FCA US LLC reported sales of 193,040 units, a 1% decrease compared with sales in May 2016 (194,720 units). In May, retail sales of 152,227 units were up 1% compared with the same month in 2016, and represented 79% of total sales. Fleet sales of 40,813 units were down 7%.

Sales for the Jeep Compass were 43% down to 5,363 units during the third month since the redesigned model started arriving to auto dealerships. The company did not provide a breakdown of how many units from each version were sold.

The Dodge Journey kept its two-digit pace with total sales of 8,003 units, up 23% compared to May 2016. Ram pickup sales increased 16% to 44,850 units, while the Fiat 500 sales fell 21% to 1,240 units.


Ford Motor Company’s overall U.S. sales for May 2017 totaled 241,126 vehicles, a 2.2% gain compared to last year. Retail results declined 0.8% to 158,282 vehicles, while fleet sales totaled 82,844 vehicles, representing an 8.4% gain versus a year ago.

The oval logo sold 4,181 Ford Fiestas, 32% less than the 6,150 units sold the same month of 2016. During the first five months of 2017 the Fiesta sales (year-to-date) totaled 20,554, a figure 4.3% lower than the 21,475 units sold the same period of 2016.

The Ford Fusion also reported lower sales during May to 21,603 cars, 12.1% less than the 24,589 vehicles from May 2016. Year-to-date Fusion sales totaled 89,086 units, 26% less than a year ago.

The Lincoln MKZ reported sales of 2,801 units in May, down 13.8% compared to the 3,250 units sold in May 2016. Year-to-date sales reached 12,102 vehicles, representing a 1.4% increase.


General Motors reported May U.S. retail sales of 191,388 vehicles, up 0.4% from last year. GM’s May retail performance was driven by exceptionally strong crossover sales at Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. GM’s May total sales were 237,364 vehicles, down about 1% from last year.

GM sold in May 13,309 sedan Cruze and 3,811 Cruze hatchbacks, for a total 17,120 units, up 2.69% compared to the 16,671 Cruze from May 2016. Year-to-date sales reached 92,360 vehicles, a 35.69% hike compared to the 68,065 from the same five-month period of 2016.

Sales for the Equinox totaled 20,908 units in May, down 1.62% from the 21,252 units from the previous year. The company did not specify how many of those units are from the redesigned version, which initial deliveries with the 1.5L LYX turbo engine started in April. Models with the 2.0L turbo engine will arrive this summer followed by a diesel model. 

Silverado sales decreased 2.73% to 43,804 units, GMC Sierra sales fell 8.17% to 16,200 units and Sonic sales sank 28.09% to 2,143 units. On the bright side the Chevrolet Trax sales increased 21% to 6,174 units.


American Honda Motor Co., Inc. reported total May sales of 148,414 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 0.9% over May 2016. Honda Division rose 0.7% on sales of 134,475 units, while the Acura Division sales were up 2.8% on sales of 13,939 vehicles.

Sales for the compact hatchback Fit performed a two-digit drop, totaling 5,105 units, 10.5% down compared to same month 2016. Year-to-date sales totaled 21,878 units, down 2.1% compared to the same five-month period from the previous year.

Sales of the crossover HR-V were considerably better with a 29% gain to 8,999 units. Year-to-date sales totaled 37,756 units, up 26.4% compared to the same five-month period from the previous year.


Kia Motors America announced May sales of 58,507 units in the U.S. market, 7% less than a year before. Meanwhile its sister brand Hyundai totaled 60,011 vehicles including its premium brand Genesis, meaning a 15% decrease. 

The Kia Forte family, built in Nuevo Leon, reported an all-time monthly high of 11,801 units, up 19% over May 2016.

On the opposite side, the Kia Rio saw sales drop to 1,187 units, 47% less than the 2,241 vehicles from a year ago. The Hyundai Accent, also built in Nuevo Leon, reported 5,773 units sold, up 6.3% compared to the 5,432 vehicles from May 2016.


Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) reported May U.S. sales of 26,047 vehicles, representing a decrease of 7.9% versus May of last year. Year-to-date sales through May are up 0.1% versus last year, with 119,282 vehicles sold. 

Sales for the Mazda3 totaled 6,775 units in May, down 32.9%, while year-to-date sales totaled 33,361 vehicles, 22.3% less than same five-month period of 2016. The company combines sedan and hatchback sales for the Mazda3, but only the saloon version is built in Salamanca, Guanajuato.


Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for May 2017 of 137,471 units, an increase of 3% over the prior year. The Nissan Division reported 124,957 units sold, up 1.9% from previous year, while the Infiniti brand sold 12,514 units, a 15.6% hike.

Nissan sold 9,006 vehicles of its Versa compact car, including sedan and the hatchback version known as Versa Note, a 25.7% decrease compared to May 2016. Year-to-date sales for the Versa totaled 48,403 units, down 16.2%. 

As for the Nissan Sentra 18,371 units were sold in May, 9.1% less than the prior year. Year-to-date sales totaled 90,040 vehicles, 12% down compared to first five months of 2016.


Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) Inc., reported its U.S. May 2017 sales of 218,248 units, a decrease of 0.5% from May 2016 on a volume basis. With one more selling day in May 2017 compared to May 2016, sales were down 4.5% on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. 

The Toyota division posted May 2017 sales of 192,847 units, up 0.1% on a volume basis, and down 3.9% on a DSR basis. Lexus posted sales of 25,401 vehicles in May 2017, down 4.8% on a volume basis, and down 8.6% on a DSR basis.    

The midsize pickup Tacoma, which is built in San Antonio, Texas and Baja California, Mexico, saw sales rise 2.4% to 17,654 units in May. For the year, Tacoma sales are down 1.4% to 78,153 units. 

The Yaris iA, which is built by Mazda in Guanajuato, totaled 3,444 units sold in May, up 8.2% compared to last year.


Volkswagen of America, Inc. reported sales of 30,014 units delivered in May 2017, a 4.3% increase over May 2016. With 133,861 units delivered year-to-date in 2017, the company is reporting an increase of 6.9% in year-over-year sales. May 2017 also marks the start of sales for the all-new, Chattanooga, Tenn. built Atlas. Deliveries of the vehicle, which began mid-month, totaled 1,610 units. 

The whole Golf family saw a strong performance with monthly sales of 7,203 vehicles, while year-to-date sales totaled 32,367 units, up 61% and 49% respectively. 

The Jetta saw a 5.4% increase in sales to 11,535 vehicles in May, while year-to-date sales totaled 45,496 cars, which means a drop of 8.4%. 

VW sold 1,829 Beetle cars in May and totaled 7,234 vehicles to date, meaning increases of 55.3% and 27.6% respectively.

Sales for the Tiguan SUV totaled 2,068 units in May, 52.9% less than the 4,394 vehicles the previous year. Year-to-date sales reached 15,218 units, down 13% from the 17,490 vehicles in the same period of 2016. A redesigned Tiguan will arrive to auto dealerships this summer.


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