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Intermittent railway blockages by protestors in Michoacan harmed the operations of several automakers in the country. GM, Ford, Honda, FCA and Kia were among the most heavily affected as auto parts were prevented from reaching assembly plants. Ford had to stop operations in its Cuautitlan Izcalli plant for three days. While vehicle transportation by boat registered an increase in 2017, insufficient capacity in several ports including Veracruz have created bottlenecks for automotive operations.

Regarding new projects, BMW’s plant in San Luis Potosi has reached an 87-percent construction progress. The plant has already attracted over 20 companies and could double that number once it starts operating in 2019. Meanwhile, Coahuila, Puebla, Nuevo Leon, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Sonora, Hidalgo and Guanajuato are competing to attract the investment that the Chinese automaker BAIC plans to bring to Mexico.


AMIA expects the Mexican automotive industry to reach a total trade surplus of US$70 billion in 2018.

Automakers lose up to MX$350 million (US$18.9 million) due to railway blockages in Michoacan.

Hyundai’s Accent model is the best-selling vehicle of the Korean automaker in Mexico.

Insufficient port infrastructure harms Mexico’s automotive boom.

Exchange rate volatility, low consumer confidence and presidential elections harm Honda’s sales in Mexico.

BMW’s plant in San Luis Potosi has reported a construction progress of 87 percent.

Eight states compete to attract the assembly plant that BAIC Motors plans to build in Mexico.


Porsche and Audi to develop platform for EVs to reduce costs.

Automakers in the US worried about possible modifications to US monetary policy that could increase their distribution costs.

Uber and Waymo reach an agreement to close dispute on alleged technology theft. 

Ford warns 33,000 more drivers to stop driving older Ford trucks due to potentially defective airbag inflators.

Toyota sold 1.5 million electrified vehicles during 2017.


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