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Auto sector blasts Mexico’s move to legalize imported used cars

Cars are parked at used autos platform Kavak in Mexico City, Mexico, August 25, 2020. Picture taken August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/Files

MEXICO CITY, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Mexico has published a decree to legalize millions of imported used cars, mainly from the United States, a move that was criticized by the country’s powerful auto sector as allowing “car smuggling.”

The new policy, published in government’s official gazette late on Monday, tasks local authorities with creating a plan to encourage residents of states that border the United States to officially register vehicles that were driven into Mexico, known as so-called chocolate cars.

Baja California state alone is home to more than 500,000 unregistered vehicles, which are commonly used in crimes, said the state security minister, Rosa Rodriguez.

The Mexican Association of Automotive Distributors (AMDA) predicted a drop of more than 30% in new car sales due to the decree

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Nutson’s Weekly Auto News Wrap-up


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AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – October 10, 2021: Every Sunday Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Executive Producer, with able assistance from senior editor Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, compile The Auto Channel’s
“take” on this past week’s automotive news, condensed into easy to digest news Nuggets.

LEARN MORE: Links to full versions of today’s news nuggets along with a million pages of the past 25 year’s automotive news, articles, reviews and archived stories residing in
The Auto Channel Automotive News Library can be found by just copying and then inserting the main headline into the News Library Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending October 9, 2021 ; Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
expertly crafted easy-to-digest news nuggets.

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Auto sales nosedive in Q3 as inventory dries, supply shortages worsen

U.S. car sales have dipped to levels not seen since the Great Recession as ongoing supply shortages hamper automotive production worldwide, strangling inventories while dealers attempt to salvage whatever revenue they can by increasing margins on the few vehicles they’re able to stock. 

Even a careful perusal of Q3 and September sales figures (Automotive News subscription required) reveals virtually no good news; even Toyota’s slight improvement is tenuous at best. While many raw materials and basic components have been in short supply since the pandemic crippled worldwide logistics, the primary culprit in the ongoing automotive production slowdown is computer chips. While some have been quick to point fingers at electric vehicles and other high-tech offerings, the shortage hasn’t really discriminated.

As of the end of September, the industry is still up more than 13% compared to a year ago, but there’s a catch: Sales through Q3 of 2020

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Automotive Lifestyle Brand Chemical Guys Heads Down Under With Retail Launch In The Largest Australian Auto Specialty Retailer


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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2021 — Chemical Guys, the leading lifestyle brand for automotive detailing enthusiasts and professionals, continues to expand its global reach through a retail launch with Supercheap Auto, Australia’s leading auto spares, parts and accessories retailer. As of September 30th, Supercheap Auto customers can purchase over 40 best-selling Chemical Guys products across the retailer’s 300 locations in Australia and New Zealand.

This new retail partnership offers detailing enthusiasts wide-scale access to the most popular Chemical Guys products including HydroSuds Ceramic Car Wash Soap and HydroThread Ceramic Fabric Protectant & Stain Repellant from the Hydro-line of Chemical Guys’ proprietary, premium and easy-to-apply ceramic coatings and protectants; the Big Mouth Max Release Foam Cannon; VRP Vinyl, Rubber, Plastic Shine and Protectant; Total Interior Cleaner and Protectant; Mr. Pink Super Suds Car Wash Shampoo; Butter Wet Wax and many other fan favorite products.

“For almost a

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