General Motors has taken over from Nissan as the biggest producer of vehicles in Mexico. Building a total of more than 830,000 vehicles in the country in 2018, GM's production rose 3.6%.

That increase aligned with a 10% decrease in Mexican production for Nissan, which helped give GM the production crown. The rise in Mexican production also coincides with a 5% drop in US production and a 33% production drop in Canada.

Overall, auto production in Mexico fell by 1% but is expected to remain level in the coming years thanks to North America's new free trade agreement.

GM says it hasn't increased capacity in Mexico, but production is again expected to rise, thanks to the new Blazer.

Part of the reason for the rise in Mexican production for GM may stem from the popularity of the cars it produces there. It produces the GMC Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox there and the popularity of crossovers accounts for their increasing production. The shrinking popularity of sedans, meanwhile, may account for production drops in the US and shutting down three plants at the end of 2019 will doubtless make US production numbers shrink even more.

General Motors still continues to face protests from workers at its Canadian plant, who are frustrated by the decision to shut down its GM plant.

[source: Automotive News]