NAFTA renegotiations continue and Mexico stands its ground on rules of origin as they can heavily impact the local automotive industry. As the year approaches its end, the industry experiences bittersweet results. On one hand, the country is expected to reach a record production of 3.8-million vehicles during 2017 and used-car imports from the US are on the low. On the other hand, truck sales, green cars and auto credit faced a difficult November. Hyundai and Peugeot expect a good future in Mexico in the short and medium term.

Internationally, the transition toward electric and autonomous vehicles has gathered steam during this week as Pepsico pre-orders 100 Tesla Semi trucks, Toyota plans to develop EV batteries, BMW plans to build a test track for self-driving vehicles and Continental launches a new device to support autonomous driving. Although Volkswagen and Nissan will have to recall vehicles, Toyota and Groupe PSA lead automakers in profits in the European market. The Czech automotive industry has also seen a strong week as it expects to reach a record production and the Czech brand Skoda Auto achieves its best monthly sales ever.

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Honda Civic Type R by Tomislav Mavrovic CC 2.0

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