Automakers may have reported practically no damages to their manufacturing sites after the earthquake on September 19. Yet, it seems that car sales are the ones affected by the disaster in Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla. The country already presented a deceleration in sales numbers compared to 2016 but September results showed a decrease the country had not seen since the crisis of 2009.

By the end of September 2017, 116,356 light vehicles were sold. Compared to the figures from 2016 presented by AMIA, this represents a drop of 11.5 percent. Between January and August 2017, automotive sales accounted for 990,492 units and a 0.3 percent increased compared to 2016. Factoring in the results of September, 2017’s total sales add up to 1.106 million vehicles and a drop of 2 percent when compared to 2016’s 1.119 million vehicles.

Guillermo Rosales, Director General of AMDA, acknowledges these slowing results but expects negative effects to last only in the short term. “The effect in commercial and labor activities is still present mainly because people are still focusing their attention on other priorities, rather than in looking for a new car,” he says. Regardless, it seems unlikely for the market to surpass the 1.6 million mark by the end of 2017.

The data used in this article was sourced from AMIA and El Universal.

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