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The sky is getting darker by the month in Mexico with August sales posting the fourth year-on-year decline in the past five months at -6.5% to 125.343 units. The year-to-date remains in positive territory for less than 3.000 sales at +0.3% to a record 990.567 but should shift into negative by the time September results are known if the trend continues as per the past few months. Market leader Nissan doubles the market decline at -13% to 23.1% share vs. 24.3% so far this year while Chevrolet does even worse at -16% to 15.9% which is actually higher than its YTD level of 15.8%. Volkswagen is in line with the rest of the podium at -14% to 12.2% but below, Toyota (-3%), Honda (+1%) and most strikingly Kia, soaring 30%, manage to improve their market shares year-on-year. Mazda (+2%), Hyundai (+23%) and Dodge (+6%) complete the Top 10 with market-defying improvements. Beyond, BMW (+10%), Jeep (+11%), Ferrari (+11%), Mini (+12%), Ram (+15%), Smart (+21%), Suzuki (+34%), Subaru (+40%) and Fiat (+78%) all brilliantly post double-digit gains.
Model-wise, the Nissan Versa (+13%) and Pickup (+16%) both go against the grain with double-digit gains whereas the Chevrolet Aveo falls 20% in third place. The all-new Chevrolet Beat, now helped with the launch of a notchback variant, shoots up another 5 spots to #4 overall after breaking into the Mexican Top 10 for the first time just last month. The Ford Figo is up 19% to break into the Top 10 for the 2nd time ever after last January to hit a record 9th place. The locally-produced Kia Rio is down one rank to #11 but up 104%, the Nissan Kicks is up another two spots on last month to #14, the VW Tiguan is up 11-fold on its August 2016 score to #26, the Toyota Hilux is up 77%, the Mazda CX-5 up 81%, the Renault Duster up 65% and the Honda Odyssey up 192%. There are two newcomers in the Mexican sales charts this month: the Hyundai Accent has kicked off local production at the Kia plant in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, reaching 1.044 sales for its first month in market (#34) and the China-made Chevrolet Cavalier has landed at #81 with 296 units sold in August.
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