Production of Heavy and Light Vehicles Still DownBy Alejandro Enríquez | Thu, 03/11/2021 - 17:36
Light and heavy-vehicle production still shows a double-digit decrease in February, the last month before lockdowns began in 2020. Industry leaders of the heavy vehicle sector, Daimler and Scania, address the key elements for the sectors’ recovery and its strategies for the market. The President of CLAUGTO also shares his perspectives for the industry. In the international arena, Volkswagen AG and BMW remain confident about profitable results in 2021.
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The consequences of COVID-19 are already being felt in the Mexican automotive industry. According to INEGI, in 1Q21, Puebla recorded a 16.7 percent contraction in car production and a 12 percent drop in exports compared to the same period last year. In January and February 2021, Audi and Volkswagen, the Puebla-based carmakers, produced 77,966 units compared to 93,682 units in the same period in 2020.
According to INEGI and ANPACT, heavy-vehicle assembly in February was of 10,178 units, 19 percent below February 2020, the last month before 2020’s government-imposed lockdowns to prevent COVID-19 contagions.
Volkswagen AG and BMW Optimistic About 2021Reuters reports that the CEO of Volkswagen Group, Herbert Diess, told German media that the company aims to get back to pre-crisis levels in 2021. BMW affirms the company is on track toward a profitable 2021 and is getting ready for a renovated vehicle portfolio that meets tougher carbon emission restrictions.
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