Mexico Tops Canada for Luxury Auto Production

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Canada’s Windsor Star newspaper is reporting that Mexico is winning in the battle to produce more luxury cars than its counterpart in Canada.

According to the Windsor Star, Canada’s auto industry specializes in the production of minivans, muscle cars, crossover utility vehicles and pricey nameplates, like Lexus and Lincoln. Manufacturers bet on profits being made from the value-added extras that come with these mid-and-full-sized vehicles.  Apparently, this investment has not been as profitable as hoped.

Autoworkers in Mexico earn about a tenth of the hourly wages of their Canadian counterparts and it appears Mexico still wins in this competition.  Read more at: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/business/mexico-beating-canada-for-luxury-auto-production-the-game-has-changed

State of Chihuahua Returns 2,100 Assault Rifles to Germany

  • The New Zealand Herald is reporting that authorities in the Mexico state of Chihuahua are returning about 2,100 German assault rifles. An official of the Chihuahua government who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the G36 rifles had been used by municipal and state police in the border state. Germany is cooperating and telling the manufacturer, Heckler & Koch GmbH to cease deliveries to Mexico.

June 7th Election Gins Up Violence in Mexico

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that violence is escalating in Mexico as national elections draw near on June 7.  Up for vote are state governors and congressional members. The newspaper reports the deaths of candidates, and that others have been too frightened to campaign.  Some state election officials are leery of setting up their voting booths.

You can read the story by Tracey Wilkinson here: http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-elections-violence-20150507-story.html

Guadalajara On Target to Become the First “Smart City” in the Americas

 

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Amid the violence now prominent in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, the beautiful city of Guadalajara is set to become the first “Smart City” in the Americas.

Mexico’s second-most-populous city, Guadalajara, is home to more than 100 software companies and manufacturers, including Foxconn, Intel, Jabil, Oracle, SCI Systems, and Tata. Known as the country’s Silicon Valley, the city is dotted with more than 20 corporate campuses.

And the area’s talent pool is young: The average age is 24. Guadalajara also has a strong education element: More than 20 universities offer engineering and IT courses.