Mexico’s automotive industry went through a roller coaster after the signing of the TPP-11, the end of the seventh NAFTA negotiation round and US President Donald Trump signing an executive order to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum entering the US. Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Minister of Economy affirmed that nobody wins in a trade war and underlined that tariffs on steel and aluminum violated WTO’s rules, though Canada and Mexico will be exempted from these taxes.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s light-vehicle segment grows in terms of both production and exports but sales of heavy vehicles continue to be on the low side. GM and Ford boosted their exports from Mexico 11 percent during February, Volkswagen is expected to announce the production of the Jetta A7 in Puebla and Kia slips into the top-five best-selling automakers in Mexico.


Mexico’s automotive industry reports growth rates of 6.2 percent in production and 11.2 percent in exports in February.

Sales of heavy vehicles fall 4.7 percent in February.

IATF 16949:2016 standard presents a challenge for companies in the automotive sector.

NAFTA negotiations will not conclude before election processes in Mexico, Canada and the US.

GM and Ford are among the automakers in danger of impact due to tariffs on steel and aluminum. However, both companies boosted their exports from Mexico 11 percent in February.

AMDA calls for a renewal of the tax incentive program for vehicle renewal.

Mexico already has a counterproposal on rules of origin for the automotive sector.

Kia is among the top-five best-selling automakers in Mexico.

Volkswagen to announce production of Jetta A7 in Puebla in the coming weeks.

US tariffs on steel and aluminum violate WTO rules: Ildefonso Guajardo.

Six out of every 10 city buses in Mexico are made by Mercedes-Benz.

Mopar México expects 10 percent growth in sales by the end of 2018 despite exchange rates increasing prices of auto parts in Mexico.


Trump suggests Canada and Mexico could be exempt from tariffs on steel and aluminum if a “fair” NAFTA 2.0 is signed and threatens to apply tariffs to vehicles imported from the EU.

Mexico, Canada and the US will resume negotiations to update rules of origin on automotive content.

Diesel collapse undermines automakers’ plans to meet EU CO2 emissions goals.

Toyota decides to stop selling diesel vehicles in Europe by the end of 2018.

Investors bet on auto parts developers to be the main winners of vehicle electrification.

TPP-11 (CPTPP) is signed and will be enforced as soon as six member-countries ratify it internally.


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