Axela (Mazda 3) (Mazda)

Mar 22, 2019

Reported on March 22, 2019, Bermaz Auto Philippines, the exclusive distributor of Mazda vehicles has presented the all-new 2019 Mazda 3 in the country after its global unveil at the LA Auto Show in 2018.
The all-new Mazda 3, under a hallmark of the Evolved KODO Design comes with an improved Skyactiv-G family. With optimized intake ports and piston shape, split fuel injection, and a coolant control valve, it delivers higher levels of performance, fuel economy, and environmental-friendliness.
Further specific details including final specs and prices will be officially unveiled later.
(From an article of CarGuide.PH on March 22, 2019)

Mar 14, 2019

U.S. sales in February 2019 of the Celaya-built Honda Fit were down 54.5% to 1,745 units, while those of the HR-V built in Celaya and El Salto, increased 4.4% to 7,093 units.
Built in Pesqueria, U.S. sales of the Hyundai Accent were down 13.9% to 1,790 units in February, while Kia Rio sales increased 18.4% to 1,822 units, and Forte sales decreased 9.2% to 6,953 units.
Salamanca-built Mazda3 sales fell 24.1% to 4,610 units, while Toyota Yaris iA sales increased 2.5% to 2,517 vehicles.
Sales of the Nissan Versa produced at the Aguascalientes 1 plant increased 3.0% to 7,410 units, while sales of the Sentra, built at Aguascalientes 2, decreased 0.4% to 17,072 units in February. Nissan sold 3,563 units of the new Kicks SUV in February.
Infiniti sold 1,122 QX50s, built at the COMPAS plant, in February in the U.S.
Puebla-built Golf sales fell 43.0% to 2,070 units, while Beetle sales increased 45.0% to 1,457 units and Jetta sales increased 55.0% to 7,109 units and Tiguan sales increased 7.9% to 8,079 units in February.
U.S. sales of the Audi Q5, built in San Jose Chiapa, decreased 2.0% to 4,359 units.
Toluca-built Dodge Journey sales increased 73% to 8,258 units, while Jeep Compass sales fell 25.0% to 12,063 units and Fiat 500 sales fell 50.0% to 207 units.
(Mexico-Now article on March 11, 2019)

Mar 08, 2019

OEMs with manufacturing operations in Mexico exported 271,075 light vehicles in February, representing a 0.1% decrease compared to the 271,288 units shipped in February 2018, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), which does not account for Mercedes-Benz A Class sedan exports from the COMPAS plant in Aguascalientes.
In February, Nissan exports increased 23.2% to 39,641 units; Toyota exports increased 23.2% to 16,433 units; Ford exports increased 14.6% to 26,720 units and Volkswagen exports increased 14.1% to 29,531 units.
Honda exports increased 10.6% to 16,568 units, Kia exports increased 3.2% to 17,330 units, and Audi exports increased 1.9% to 17,229 units.
OEMs with declines included Mazda with a 77.6% decrease to 2,723 units, likely due to a transition to the next-generation Mazda3 sedan; FCA, including the Fiat 500, with a 4.5% decrease to 41,771 units; and GM with a 12.3% decrease to 63,129 units.
Exports for the first two months of 2019 totaled 513,374 units, a 2.2% increase from the 502,316 units exported in the same period last year.
During the first two months of 2019, Mexican plants exported 403,172 vehicles to the U.S., its primary trade partner, representing a 7.6% increase.
Exports to Canada in the first two months decreased 10.9% to 34,694 units, while exports to Germany declined 19.3% to 20,133 units.

(Inegi press release on March 6, 2019) (Mexico-Now article on March 7, 2019)