UPDATE 3-Mexico auto output, exports rise in June, steel a worry

lunes 6 de julio de 2015 20:16 GYT

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By Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein

MEXICO CITY, July 6 (Reuters) - Mexico's auto production rose 6.7 percent in June to 306,694 units versus the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association (AMIA) said on Monday.

Auto exports, meanwhile, rose 5.3 percent to 242,720 units, AMIA said.

Car exports to the United States, where nearly three-quarters of Mexico's cars head, rose 10.3 percent in June compared to the same month last year, and U.S. sales were the main driver of the overall rise in exports.

Car exports to Europe increased 23.3 percent in the month, however.

The auto sector accounts for about 30 percent of Mexico's exports, according to the national statistics institute.

AMIA President Eduardo Solis told a monthly news conference the auto industry was "enormously concerned" about recent lobbying by local steel producers to restrict cheap steel imports from China and other countries.

In June, Mexico imposed tariffs on cold-rolled steel from China, and hot-rolled steel from China, Germany, and France after an anti-dumping investigation.   Continuación...