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Mexican auto output, sales, exports down in March

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s automotive production fell 11.2 percent year on year in March to 238,519 vehicles, according to the country’s automotive association, Amia.

Domestic sales fell 1 percent to 82,767 vehicles in the same comparison due to the "Holy Week effect," Amia said. Both March 28 and 29 were national holidays in Mexico, which affected the industry’s results.

"March domestic sales were at the same level as in 2003," the association added.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s global automotive exports dropped 9.7 percent over the same period to 204,475 units.

Shipments to the United States decreased 7.3 percent year on year to 128,761 vehicles, while sales to Canada fell by 12.4 percent to 15,902 vehicles.

Mexican automotive exports to Latin America fell a sharper 31.7 percent to 29,424 units, largely due to the introduction of export quotas in Brazil and Argentina, Amia said.

Shipments to Africa declined 22.5 percent to 3,341 units, while sales to Europe dipped 5 percent to 16,254 vehicles.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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