This is an excerpt from the 2019 edition of Mexico Automotive Review. Don’t miss the opportunity to get the latest insights from key automotive players. Register now to get your tickets for Mexico Automotive Summit on October 2, 2019! Óscar Albin is the Executive President of the National Auto Parts Industry (INA). [...]

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The Bajio region continues to attract automotive investments. Only last week, German suppliers Kamax and Waldaschaff Automotive started operations in Guanajuato and Canadian supplier Martinrea opened a new manufacturing plant in Queretaro to produce high-precision tooling equipment. Germany has consolidated its position as the fourth largest investor in Guanajuato with a special focus on the [...]

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July was tough on the Mexican automotive industry. Not only did the Mexican economy grow a meager 0.1 percent in 1H19, but it was the worst July sales-wise for the domestic new vehicle market since 2014. The economic slowdown took a hit on the country’s manufacturing engine: the Bajio region. The economy of Aguascalientes and [...]

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Partnerships between OEMs to develop innovative technologies have become the new normal. A few days after Ford and Volkswagen announced their project to collaborate in Argo AI, both OEMs committed to increase their collaboration to develop technologies for electric, self-driving vehicles. Additionally, both Renault and Toyota partnered with Chinese OEMs to enter the world’s largest [...]

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The week in automotive was filled with mixed results. On the one hand, USMCA’s ratification process continues but there is still no clear date for Canada and the US to give the agreement the OK. Sales results keep plummeting in Mexico, although PHEV results show a promising future OEMs with an electric offering. Ready for [...]

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USMCA’s ratification by the Mexican government was received well by the local automotive industry. JETRO pointed out that UMSCA will underpin Mexico as an exports base to the US, guaranteeing automotive exports for up to 2.6 million vehicles per year. However, there is still road to cover before the agreement is enforced. According to the [...]

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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Limited by Ailette Córdova, MBP The future is electric; there is no way around it. As OEMs continue to electrify their lineups and take advantage of the electrification revolution, new hybrids are reaching the Mexican market. Though the penetration of green vehicles in Mexico is still at a nascent stage with only [...]

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On Wednesday, Mexico took another step toward renewing its commercial relations with the US and Canada. With 114 votes in favor, the Mexican Senate approved USMCA and sent it back to President López Obrador for ratification. According to the Ministry of Economy, USMCA will bring certainty for investors to continue supporting trade as a motor [...]

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US Tariffs on Mexican products may be cancelled for now, but Mexico’s automotive industry took some collateral damage. While ANPACT announced that the suspension of these tariffs prevented a strong hit on Mexico’s automotive exports, some investments destined for to Guanajuato Puerto Interior were put on stand-by. AMDA warned that the coming US presidential elections [...]

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It was a relatively calm week for the Mexican automotive industry until US President Donald Trump announced a 5 percent tariff on all products imported from Mexico. According to Trump, these tariffs will be enforced starting June 10 and will increase until the influx of illegal immigrants arriving to the US through the US-Mexican border [...]

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