MEXICO CITY The Mexican automotive industry wants to maintain a good business relationship with the United States amid President Barack Obamas recent re-election last week and the beginning of President Enrique Peña Nietos term Dec. 1.
Carmakers in the Latin American country will look for more investment, an increase in exports and the maintenance of free trade, Eduardo Solís, head of Mexican auto industry association Amia, told AMM sister publication Steel First Nov. 13.
"Free trade for us in new cars, as required by Nafta (the North American Free Trade Agreement), is essential for businesses in all three countries," Solís said.
Mexican auto shipments to the United States rose 14 percent in October to 135,674 units, according to figures published by Amia. Between January and October, exports to the United States reached 1.25 million units, up 10.8 percent from the same period last year.
Auto exports to the United States have helped improve competitiveness in the Mexican manufacturing sector, according to Guillermo Rosales Zarate, institutional relations director at national association of automotive distributors Amda.
"Mexican exports of finished vehicles and auto parts are gaining ground in the (American) market," he said. With this in mind, "the potential for attracting more investment in the automotive sector is very viable and positive."
Mexicos relationship with the United States hasnt been completely positive, however.
In September, Amda asked Nieto "to take necessary measures to stop the import of used vehicles from the United States."
The number of used vehicles imported into Mexico between January and July was equivalent to 44.4 percent of total new car sales in the country over the same period, the association said.
A total of 239,100 used vehicles were brought into the country between January and July of this year.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.