Mexico heavy-duty trucks production drops in May

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Exports of Mexican-made heavy-duty cargo trucks fell 24% year-over-year in May to 6,021 units. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Mexico’s truck production and exports continue to be affected by global supply chain issues and parts shortages, officials said.

Exports of Mexican-made heavy-duty cargo trucks fell 24% year-over-year in May to 6,021 units, while production fell 20% year-over-year to 7,179 units.

Both export and production figures for May represent the lowest totals so far in 2022 for Mexico’s truck production and export industry.

“One day you’re missing a screw, another a window, another a tire. … It’s no longer exclusively the topic of semiconductors,” Miguel Elizalde, president of Mexico’s National Association of Bus, Truck and Tractor Producers (ANPACT), said during a recent monthly press conference


The U.S. continues to be the main destination for trucks produced in Mexico, accounting for 94.4% of exports in May, followed by Canada and Colombia. 

Truck makers and parts manufacturers with assembly plants and factories in Mexico include Freightliner, Kenworth, Navistar, Hino, International, DINA, MAN SE, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Scania, Cummins, and Detroit Diesel, according to Anpact.

Freightliner was the top truck producer and exporter in Mexico for the month. The company built 6,653 trucks in May, a 25% year-over-year decline; and exported 5,776 units, a 28% year-over-year decline.

International Trucks Inc. produced 4,957 units in May, a 3.3% year-over-year increase; and exported 4,642 units, a 9% year-over-year increase.

Kenworth produced 1,359 units in May, a 23% year-over-year decline; and exported 653 trucks, a 1% year-over-year decline.

Source: Lider EMpresarial

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