Even though Nissan has been displaced by General Motors as Mexico’s largest auto exporter by volume of cars and light trucks, the Japanese automaker managed to keep leadership as the brand that builds the most exported sedan in the country, according to figures by the Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA)
The Nissan Sentra, built in Aguascalientes, was Mexico’s most exported sedan model during the first half of 2017 to 129,639 units. Nonetheless, the figure is down 5.1% compared to the same six-month period of 2016, which in part reflects the current lack of interest among U.S. consumers for compact cars due an extended span of low gas prices.
Second on the list is the Volkswagen Jetta, built in Puebla. VW shipped overseas 100,951 units during the first half of 2017, up 4.6% compared to the same period of 2016.
Despite the Ford Fusion sales in the U.S. market have spiked at a two-digit rate during the first half of the year, the model built in Hermosillo managed to appear third on the list totaling 85,725 units, the figure is 45.8% lower than a year ago.
The Versa, Nissan’s second model in the list, made it the fourth position totaling 52,811 units, down 5.3% compared to those exported during the first half of 2016.
Built at an assembly plant in Nuevo Leon which just celebrated its first anniversary of operations, the Kia Forte ended fifth on the list to 50,069 units shipped overseas. Since the facility started operations in May 2016, when compared to the exports volume from first half of the previous year it results in a 566.3% growth.