Here’s how sales of Mexico-made vehicles ended up in the US market in August
Vehicles such as Audi’s Q5 and FCA’s Jeep Compass continue to benefit from the high demand for light trucks and crossovers in the US market, which is reflected in the double-digit spikes that both models experienced last August.
Another vehicle that continues to arouse interest among American consumers is the Dodge Journey, despite the fact that the cycle of the current version is about to end. The unit manufactured in Toluca recorded a sales increase of 28% in the past month.
The following report does not necessary reflects that each vehicle sold from certain model was built in Mexico, as marked in those particular cases. Automakers constantly mix domestic and overseas supplies from several countries to meet U.S. demand.
Audi of America reported August sales of 20,907 vehicles, an increase of 5.5% compared to total sales of same month in 2017. Audi’s year-to-date sales through August totaled 148,070 units, an increase of 4.6% compared to the first eight months of 2017.
The Q5 SUV, Audi’s best-selling model in the United States, saw its sales hike 43% in August to 6,812 units, which means that nearly one in three vehicles sold by the German automaker in August was a Q5 made in Puebla. In the first eight months of 2018, sales of the Q5 totaled 42,275 units, an increase of 22% compared to the same eight-month period of 2017.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA) reported sales of 193,718 vehicles in August 2018, a 10% hike compared to same month of 2017. Year-to-date sales are now of 1,480,164 units, up 5%. FCA sold 16,339 Jeep Compass last month, an increase of 76% compared to the 9,305 units sold in August 2017. Year-to-date sales are now of 116,149 vehicles, which represents an increase of 173% compared to sales from the first eight months of 2017.
Sales of the Fiat 500 were of just 563 units in August and 3,188 vehicles on a year-to-date basis, representing drops of 40% and 66% respectively. Sales of the Dodge Journey hiked 28% in August to 7,243 units, but its year-to-date results are still down 2% to 67,897 vehicles. All three vehicles are built at FCA’s plant in Toluca.
Overall Ford Motor Company U.S. sales for August totaled 218,504 vehicles, a 4.1% gain compared to same month of 2017. In the first eight months of 2018 sales were of 1,690,221 units, down 1.2%. The Ford Fiesta saw its sales drop 7.3% to 3,938 units in August, while its year-to-date sales totaled 33,225 vehicles, a 2.5% gain compared to same eight-month period of 2017.
Sales of the Ford Fusion sank 35.1% to 11,286 vehicles, while its year-to-date sales were of 109,086 units, down 21.2%. The Lincoln MKZ saw a 17.6% drop in sales of 1,780 units in August and a decline of 31% to 13,035 vehicles in a year-to-date basis. Both the Fusion and the MKZ are built in Hermosillo, Sonora, while the Ford Fiesta for the U.S. market is sourced from Cuautitlan, state of Mexico.
General Motors announced in March that it would cease monthly sales reports in favor of quarterly reports. Next report will be available in early October.
Honda Motor Co. reported U.S. August sales of 147,903 Honda and Acura vehicles, a 1.3% increase versus August 2017. Year-to-date sales are down 1.3% to 1,074,329 units. Sales of the Honda Fit sank 47.5% to 2,545 units in August. Its total sales for the first eight months of 2018 are down 12.6% to 31,427 vehicles.
The HR-V saw a 2.5% decrease in sales of 9,361 units. Its year-to-date sales totaled 64,001 vehicles, which represents an 3% drop. The Honda Fit is built in Celaya, Guanajuato, where production is currently stalled due to the damage caused by a flood in late June. The HR-V is manufactured in Celaya but also in El Salto, Jalisco.
KIA Motors America announced August sales of 53,864 vehicles, a 1% increase over the same month last year. Sales in the first eight months of 2018 totaled 400,539 units, which represents a 1.2% decrease. Its sister brand Hyundai reported a 6% increase in August sales of 57,542 units. Its year-to-date deliveries of 444,342 vehicles represent a 2.3% decline.
Sales of the KIA Rio were of 2,367 units in August for a 44% hike. Year-to-date sales totaled 15,282 units, up 54.1%. The KIA Forte saw it sales drop 39.5% in August to 6,472 units. Its year-to-date sales totaled 68,418 vehicles, representing a decline of 16%. Sales of the Hyundai Accent totaled 2,586 units in August, while the year-to-date figure was of 19,284 vehicles. Since August 2017, the Accent is built in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon along with the Rio and the Forte.
Mazda North American Operations reported August U.S. sales of 25,816 vehicles, representing a decrease of 0.1% versus August of last year. Year-to-date sales through August are up 9.9% versus last year, with 213,865 vehicles sold. Sales of the Mazda3 in sedan and hatchback versions totaled 5,597 units, representing a drop of 17.1%. Year-to-date deliveries reached 46,659 vehicles, which represents an 13.6% decline. Both versions of the Mazda3 for the U.S. market are sourced from Salamanca, Guanajuato.
Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for August of 112,376 units, a 3.7% increase compared to the previous year. Sales in the first eight months of 2018 totaled 1,001,863 vehicles, down 5.2%. Sales of the Nissan Versa, including both sedan and hatchback versions, sank 53.5% to 3,145 units in August. Year-to-date sales decreased 23.8% to 54,301 vehicles. The Nissan Sentra saw its sales drop 12.9% to 13,314 units in August, while its year-to-date deliveries are still 1.2% higher than last year to 148,352 vehicles.
August marked the third month of sales for the Nissan Kicks in the U.S., 3,876 units were sold, totaling 6,814 vehicles over those three months. With its fifth full month of sales at Infiniti retailers, the all-new 2019 QX50 totaled 2,449 deliveries in August for an estimate of 13,124 vehicles sold in the year so far. All Nissan models cited in this report are built at different plants in Aguascalientes, central Mexico.
Toyota reported U.S. sales of 223,055 vehicles in August, a 2% decrease compared to August 2017. Its year-to-date sales are up 1% to 1,621,137 units. Sales of the Yaris iA, which is built by Mazda at its Guanajuato plant, decreased 39.2% to 2,062 vehicles. Year-to-date sales are down 21% to 20,113 units. Sales of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup, built in Tijuana and San Antonio, Texas, hiked 35.3% to 23,534 units in August, and 25% in a year-to-date basis to 161,644 vehicles.
Volkswagen reported sales of 32,255 units delivered in August, an increase of 0.7% over same month of 2017. With 235,673 units delivered in the first eight months of 2018, the German automaker is reporting an 7% increase in year-over-year sales.
Sales of the Golf family declined 39.7% to 3,593 units, and 37.7% in a year-to-date basis to 31,020 vehicles. All variants of the Golf family are built in Puebla, except for the e-Golf and the R-Line, which are made in Germany. Sales of the Jetta totaled 10,596 units, while year-to-date deliveries were of 50,488 vehicles, down 14.6% and 36.1% respectively.
Sales of the Beetle hiked 14.3% to 1,399 units in August. Year-to-date sales totaled 11,151 vehicles, which represented a decline of 2.2%. Sales of the 2018 Tiguan totaled 7,281 units, a 189.4% hike compared to August 2017 when the all-new model arrived to the U.S. market. Year-to-date sales are now of 60,019 SUVs. All Jetta, Beetle and 2018 Tiguan models for the U.S. are sourced from Puebla, Mexico.