Mexican auto sales drop 6.5% in August, year-to-date deliveries still up 0.3%

Mexican auto sales drop 6.5% in August, year-to-date deliveries still up 0.3%

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Mexican auto dealers sold 125,331 light vehicles in the eighth month of 2017, 6.5% less than the 134,043 vehicles delivered in August 2016. Total sales from January through August still represent a 0.3% increase to 990,492 vehicles from 987,663 units sold during the same eight-month period from 2016, according to figures from the Mexican Association of Auto Dealers (AMDA for its acronym in Spanish). 

Nissan, the biggest auto seller in Mexico with a 24.3% market share in August, reported a sales decline of 12.6% to 29,008 units. Year-to-date sales for the Japanese automaker totaled 240,840 vehicles, down 2.6% compared to the same eight-month period of 2016. Its premium brand Infiniti sold 151 units, representing a 16.6% drop. Year-to-date sales totaled 1,266 vehicles or 8.5% less than previous year. 

General Motors, second biggest seller in the country with a 16.5% market share in August, saw its sales sink 15.9% to 20,667 vehicles. Sales from January through August totaled 163,610 units, down 11.2% compared to the same period of 2016. GM figures include those from the brands Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac.

Volkswagen retained a 15.6% market share in August with 18,459 vehicles sold, including its brands Audi, Seat and Porsche, a 13.4% decrease compared to same month of 2016. Year-to-date sales totaled 155,004 units, a 3.6% decline.

Toyota kept a 6.8% market share with sales of 8,261 units, representing a 3.1% drop. Year-to-date sales for the Japanese automaker totaled 67,421 cars and light trucks, an increase of 7.5%. Figures from Toyota only include its main brand, Lexus vehicles are not for sale in Mexico.

FCA MĂ©xico, which includes the brands Dodge, Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Mitsubishi, saw another two-digit jump of 13.3% in August to 8,850 units, representing a 6.6% market share. Year-to-date sales increased 6.0% to 65,733 vehicles.

Honda retained a 5.9% market share to sales of 7,661 vehicles, up 1.2% compared to August 2016. Year-to-date sales totaled 58,000 units, up 6.1%. Its luxury brand Acura sold 155 units last month, a 32.0% decrease. Year-to-date sales maintained a 1.9% advance to 1,337 units.

Kia is now the seventh best-selling brand as it holds a 5.6% market share. The Korean automaker sold 7,403 vehicles in August, for a 29.8% hike. Year-to-date sales boosted 60.5% to 55,712 units. Its sister brand Hyundai sold 4,003 units, representing a 23.1% increase and a 2.8% market share. Hyundai’s year-to-date totaled 27,901 vehicles or a 20.9% jump. 

Ford sales sank 17.5% to 7,271 cars and light trucks in August, representing a 5.5% market share. Year-to-date sales totaled 54,116, also a drop of 11.1%. Its luxury brand Lincoln reported sales of 119 units and year-to-date sales of 955 vehicles, figures that represented drops of 34.6% and 36.8% respectively. 

Mazda sold 4,595 vehicles in August, representing a 3.5% market share and an 1.9% increase compared to same month of 2016. Its year-to-date sales saw a small advance of 0.8% to 34,188 units.

French automaker Renault reported sales of 2,574 units in August and 18,508 vehicles during the firsts eight months of 2017, representing an increase of 2.1% and a 2.0% drop respectively. 

On the premium segment, Mercedes-Benz sold 1,384 units in August, up 6.1% compared to same month of 2016. Year-to-date sales remain strong with a 24.8% increase to 10,919 vehicles. Mercedes-Benz figures might differ from those in its global monthly report because the company does not report sales of certain high-end models to AMDA.

BMW sold 1,410 vehicles last month, a 10.4% hike compared to the 1,277 units from August 2016. Year-to-date sales totaled 10,709 vehicles, representing a 16.4% jump. Its subsidiary Mini sold 550 units in August and totaled year-to-date sales of 3,948 vehicles, which meant increases of 11.8% and 7.3% respectively.

Audi sold 1,078 vehicles last month, representing a double-digit drop of 14.5%. Year-to-date sales dropped 8.7% to 9,138 units.


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