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Mexico is a Major Player in the EV Industry

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Perla Velasco By Perla Velasco | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 10:00

Mexico is emerging as a major player in the EV manufacturing industry, with 80% of components made locally. Meanwhile, the US is calling for investigations into labor rights violations at Unique Fabricating, while INA calls for legislation to guarantee the right to repair vehicles. Moreover, Nissan celebrates female talent within the automotive industry, and Chirey plans to import 48,000 vehicles annually to Mexico through Mazatlan port.

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Mexico Emerges as an EV Manufacturing Hub: INA

Mexico is quickly turning into an important manufacturing hub for EVs as major automakers. With Tesla set to join the fray, industry representatives are highlighting Mexico’s benefits for the automotive industry. The National Auto Parts Industry (INA) reports that Mexico already manufactures EVs from fender to fender with 80% of components made in the country. 

USTR Urges Mexican Government to Investigate Unique Fabricating

The US Trade Representative has called for Mexico to investigate Unique Fabricating, an automotive company accused of denying workers the right to free association and collective bargaining. This is the seventh instance in which the USMCA's Rapid Response Labor Mechanism has been called. The US government will hold talks with Mexico to investigate the plant, while US Ambassador Katherine Tai instructs the US Secretary of the Treasury to halt liquidation of all outstanding entries of goods from the company's facility.

INA Signs Joint Statement for Right to Repair

INA is calling for legislation to guarantee the right to repair vehicles, alongside international auto organizations. Independent repair shops perform 70% of repairs once vehicles are out of warranty, yet automakers are increasingly blocking access to repair and maintenance. INA says the legislation is critical for the future of the automotive industry.

GM to Use ChatGPT to Boost User Experience

General Motors (GM) has announced plans to integrate ChatGPT into its vehicles as part of a broader collaboration with Microsoft. GM highlights that the use of this technology represents a substantial leap forward, as it can enhance different aspects of the vehicles. 

INA’s Supplier Summit Aims to Strengthen Industry Relations

INA and the Chain of Industry Suppliers in Mexico (CAPIM) will host the International Automotive Industry Supply Summit Mexico 2023. The summit aims to generate new links between buyers and suppliers, allowing both to take advantage of the new opportunities that nearshoring brings to Mexico’s automotive industry. 

Nissan Mexicana Empowers Female Talent

Nissan has made equity one of the most important values and aims to become a referent in the development of female talent within the automotive sector. The company celebrated that 19% of its workforce is composed of women, six of them in directive roles and 103 in senior management positions and sub-directions. However, although women are being more visible in the industry, data shows that there are still numerous obstacles barring their way.

Stellantis to Build Assembly Plant in South Africa

Stellantis plans to build a manufacturing plant in South Africa's Special Economic Zone, with completion expected by late 2025. The move is part of the company's Dare Forward 2030 plan to increase market share in the Middle East and Africa by selling one million vehicles in the region by 2030 with 70% regional production autonomy. Stellantis is also focusing on becoming carbon neutral by 2038 and doubling its net revenues by 2030 through the three pillars of care, tech, and value.

Mazatlan Port to Receive 48,000 Chirey Vehicles Annually

Chirey has chosen Mazatlan as its base port to import 48,000 vehicles per year to Mexico, generating an estimated revenue of $1.19 million. The company plans to increase imports and has already opened 42 dealerships in the country, aiming for 70 by the end of 2023. Chirey sees Mexico as a gateway to North America for planning, design, manufacturing and exporting vehicles.

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