The Nissan Platina lands directly at #5 in Mexico.
New light vehicle sales in Mexico celebrates a 5th straight record year in 2002, up 7.1% to end up just a smidge below the symbolic million mark at 997.923 units. Chevrolet (+15.1%) reclaims the #1 brands spot off Nissan (+9.6%) with the two carmakers being the first in history to overstep the 200.000 annual sales mark. Volkswagen (-1.3%) loses steam but remains 3rd by the skin of its teeth above Ford (+4.2%) with Dodge (-7.8%), Chrysler (-30.7%), Honda (+5.4%) and Seat (+112.1%) staying put. Renault (+325.5%) posts the most spectacular gain in the entire market this year and gains 8 spots to break into the Top 10 for the first time. Jeep (+46.9%) does the same while Peugeot (+42.6%) is up to a record #11. Even though it tops the charts for the 6th straight year, the Nissan Tsuru (-21%) takes a hit a drops from 10.9% share last year to just 8% in 2002. The Chevrolet Joy/Swing (-1.9%) also loses share but remains at #2 while the VW Pointer (+35.3%) sees its sales shoot up but its ranking stuck at #3. The Nissan Platina – a rebadged Renault Symbol, itself a 3-box Renault Clio, lands directly at #5 while the VW Beetle (-37.7%), whose local production has now ended, implodes to #9.
Full Year 2002 Top 33 All-brands and Top 185 All-models below.