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It's hard to imagine back in 2009, Brazil made more cars than the USA. Now Mexico is about to overtake Brazil as volumes tumble there. Brazil gives the impression of an over protected industry, less competitive than it should be. Total units made in the region were down 5.9%.
USA: As this only represents cars, not trucks, the US figure is lower than one might expect. In 2010, the US contribution to the total was 33% (just over 2.7 million), but now it is 44.1% nearly 4.2 million). Cars have made a comeback in the US of A manufacturing scene.
Brazil: This is a poor showing, considering that car makers here are well protected. Perhaps that is the problem. The economy is not doing well and almost total reliance on the domestic market makes for a roller coaster ride.
Mexico: An example of how to run a car industry. An open market, competitive industry and strong exports. Everything Brazil isn't.
Canada: Like the US, cars without trucks gives a rather gloomy impression. Trying to keep what it has will be Canada's challenge, as new plants are being built elsewhere.
Argentina: A poor domestic situation isn't helping, but a 40% drop in volume in two years isn't good. It needs to export more to soften the highs and lows of its variable economy.
Colombia: Production mainly involves Renault and GM. The total is the best I have record of so things are going well here in the industry.
Venezuela: With an economy in tatters, production has reached a point of irrelevance. What surprises is how anything is made there at all.
Double Counts: At the bottom of the chart, you will notice double counts. This happens when a car has sizable contributions from two sources and it comes down to which nation should count it as their manufactured vehicle. Sometimes both nations are considered the producer and it becomes a double count. In this case, double counts are for South America, representing 0.4% of total production.
|S Am x2 Cnt||37,700||0.4%||-12%||43,000||0.4%|
Data source: OICA.
Summary: Not a good result for the region, with South America doing it tough. North America's taste for trucks has an effect too.
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