Mexico’s exports of passenger cars and light trucks fell by 5.4% in the first nine months of the year in relation to the same period of 2001, according to the Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA ), writes Stephen Downer.

DaimlerChrysler , Ford, General Motors , Honda, Nissan and Volkswagen exported 1,002,757 vehicles, AMIA said.

But Mexican new vehicle production increased 0.3%, reaching 1,370,531 between January 1 and the end of September, according to AMIA.

The domestic market remained strong, with car companies retailing 706,670 new vehicles in the first nine months, 8.4% more than in the corresponding period of 2001, AMIA said.