Volkswagen‘s
Brazilian-made, compact Pointer model

Mexican Automotive Industry Association (AMIA) figures show that sales of imported
cars were up 106.1 percent, to 168,176 units, in the 10 months to the end of
October 2000, according to the Infolatina news service.

The figure excludes local sales of imported Type-C luxury cars and sports cars,
AMIA said.

Volkswagen’s Brazilian-made, compact Pointer model led the rise in import sales,
with 29,665 units sold during the period, up 104.5 percent from a year earlier.

The second-most-popular imported model was DaimlerChrysler‘s Dodge Neon, with
23.947 units sold in the first 10 months of last year, up 26 percent from 1999,
followed by Ford Motor Company’s Focus model, with sales of 17,321 units during
the period, representing a fourfold increase over the past 18 months.

Infolatina said that car makers often consider manufacturing any given model
in a country when local sales reach 35,000 units per year. This suggests that
Volkswagen could soon decide to start making the Pointer in Mexico.