Mexico’s Auto Output to Boost 38% Within Three Years
Mexico's investment promotion agency, ProMexico, says the country will boost annual automotive production by one million units in three years' time. Such an increase would represent a 38% rise compared from last year, as foreign manufacturers use the country as an export base, said Carlos Guzman.
Automakers already announced their investments, which will help Mexico raise the annual production from 2.6 million units last year. Mexico, currently the 4th largest auto exporter, will see exports increase 15% by the end of this year to $400 billion from $350 billion in 2011, due to surging car and aerospace sales. Automakers already invested $5.3 billion for the January-April period and $2.8 billion in 2011.
Mexico’s Automobile Industry Association declared that sales from January to July have reached their highest levels. Several automakers such as Mazda, Nissan and Audi have announced their plans to build new plants in the country, which will help Mexico close the gap with South Korea, considered the biggest exporter after Germany and Japan.
“Other companies are exploring the possibility of opening facilities in Mexico,” said Carlos Guzman, head of the nation’s investment promotion agency. “We expect a very good period of five to seven years in Mexico in terms of growing exports” for cars”, he said.