Despite an increasing appetite for SUVs and pickups in the U.S. market, some Mexico-made compact cars remained in strong demand during 2017, such as the Nissan Sentra, the Kia Forte and the Toyota Yaris iA, with the last two posting double-digit increases in total sales.
The following report does not necessary reflects that each vehicle sold from certain model was built in Mexico. Automakers constantly mix domestic and overseas supplies from several countries to meet U.S. demand.
Audi of America reported an annual sales record of 226,511 vehicles in 2017, up 7.8% compared to total sales of 2016. The Puebla-made Q5 SUV, Audi’s best-selling model in the United States, totaled sales of 7,531 units in December and 57,640 vehicles overall in 2017, which represented hikes of 17.7% and 16.3% respectively. Basically, one in four vehicles sold by Audi in the U.S. market during 2017 was a Q5.
FCA reported total sales of 2,059,376 units in 2017, an 8% decrease compared to sales in 2016. FCA introduced in March the all-new Jeep Compass, which is built in Toluca along with the Dodge Journey and the Fiat 500. The automaker sold 77,352 Jeep Compass from March through December, but the figure combines sales of both the redesigned and previous version of the SUV.
Sales of the Fiat 500 totaled 12,685 units in 2017, down 18%. Meanwhile, sales of the Dodge Journey totaled 89,470 units, down 16%.
Sales of RAM pickups reached 500,723 units in 2017, a 2% increase against 2016. FCA builds regular cab and crew-cab versions of the RAM 1500, 2500 and 3500 in Saltillo, Coahuila and Warren, Michigan.
Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales dropped 1.1% during 2017 to 2,586,715 vehicles. Sales of the Ford Fiesta totaled 46,249 units last year, down 5.2% compared to 2016. Most Ford Fiestas for the U.S. market are built in Cuautitlan, State of Mexico.
Ford Fusion annual sales totaled 209,623 vehicles, down 21.1%. The Lincoln MKZ saw its sales sink 10.3% to 27,387 units. Both models are built in Hermosillo, Sonora.
General Motors reported total sales of 3,002,241 vehicles in the United States in 2017, including more than 1.3 million trucks and 965,090 crossovers. However, its total sales represented a 1.3% decrease if compared to those of 2016.
Last May, production of the all-new Chevrolet Equinox started in two Mexican facilities. From June through December, Equinox sales totaled 186,186 units, most of those were redesigned versions. The all-new Equinox is also built in Canada.
Chevrolet Cruze sales dropped 2.2% in 2017 to 184,751 units, including sedan and hatchback versions. Only the hatchback version is made in Mexico. The Chevrolet Trax sales increased 0.3% to 79,289 crossovers.
Silverado sales increased 1.9% to 585,864 units while GMC Sierra deliveries fell 1.7% to 217,943 units. GM builds in Silao, Guanajuato crew cab versions of both trucks.
The all-new GMC Terrain arrived to auto dealers in August, with 37,478 sold through December in the U.S. market, though some units from the previous version might be included in that figure. Mexico is the sole provider of GMC Terrain for the U.S. market.
Honda reported its third consecutive all-time annual sales record on sales of 1,641,429 Honda and Acura vehicles in 2017, an increase of 0.2% over its previous best set in 2016.
The compact hatchback Honda Fit saw a 12.7% decline in sales during 2017 to 49,545 units. However, annual sales of the HR-V crossover increased 14.6% to 94,034 units.
Kia announced total sales for 2017 of 589,668 vehicles, an 8.9% decline compared to those of 2016. Its sister brand Hyundai reported 2017 sales of 685,555 units, including its Hyundai and Genesis brands, an 11.5% decline.
The Kia Rio saw its sales sink 41.6% during 2017 to 16,760 units. Meanwhile, sales of the Forte family increased 13.8% to 117,596 vehicles. Last August, Kia officially started production of the Hyundai Accent in Nuevo Leon, its sales from September through December totaled 21,693 units.
Mazda reported total U.S. sales of 289,470 vehicles during 2017, representing a decrease of 2.8%. Sales of the Mazda3 totaled 75,018 units in 2017, down 21.8% compared to total sales of 2016. Both hatchback and saloon versions of the Mazda3 are now being supplied to the U.S. market from the assembly plant at Salamanca, Guanajuato.
Nissan Group announced total U.S. sale of 1,593,464 units in 2017, including Nissan and Infiniti brands. Its Nissan Division sold 1,440,049 units while its premium brand Infinitum totaled 153,415 vehicles, representing increases of 1% and 10.9% respectively.
In 2017, Nissan sold 106,772 units of its Versa compact car, including sedan and the hatchback version known as Versa Note, that figure represents an 19.2% decrease compared to 2016. As for the Nissan Sentra 218,451 units were sold, representing a 1.7% increase.
Toyota reported 2017 sales of 2,434,515 vehicles, including its Toyota and Lexus brands, a decrease of 0.6% versus 2016. For the year, the Toyota division alone reported sales of 2,129,383 vehicles, a 0.5% increase.
The midsize pickup Tacoma, which is built both in San Antonio, Texas and Tijuana, Mexico, saw sales increase 3.4% to 198,124 units in 2017. The Yaris iA, which is built by Mazda in Guanajuato, totaled 35,727 units sold in 2017, that figure represented a 27.7% hike compared to total sales of 2016.
Volkswagen reported sales of 339,676 units in the U.S. market during 2017, a 5.2% increase compared to 2016.
Sales of the Golf family hiked 11.8% to 68,978 vehicles. Of the Mexico-made versions, Volkswagen sold 13,552 regular Golf and 22,486 Golf GTI, representing drops of 1.5% and 6% respectively. Meanwhile, sales of the Golf SportWagen skyrocketed 71.6% to 26,700 units.
The Jetta saw a 4.4% decrease in sales to 115,808 vehicles, while the Beetle posted 3.2% drop to 15,166 units.
With just five full months of sales in 2017, Volkswagen sold 21,023 units of the all-new Tiguan. The previous version, which is now offered as the Tiguan Limited, totaled sales of 25,960 units, down 40.5%.