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How long will automakers prop up Brazil units?

27 Feb 2017 | Fernando Calmon

There was once euphoria in the Brazilian automotive market. Following the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the Lehman Brothers bank bankruptcy an...


JLR's Brazilian expansion - Analysis

14 Jun 2016 | Ian Henry

As Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Brazil officially opens, Ian Henry takes a closer look at the company’s latest manufacturing se...


Depressed Brazil market will disrupt tech advances

11 Apr 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The time seems to have come: no one is sure about how long the Brazilian economy will keep getting worse before recovery starts....


Brazil recovery likely to be sluggish

8 Mar 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The perennial rivalry between the optimistic and the pessimistic about what the Brazilian market will be like this year has hit a peak in th...


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Large bus order for Volvo

22 May 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

Volvo Buses has received an order for 187 buses to the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The buses will be delivered in autumn 2007.

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Gestamp to open seventh plant in Brazil

24 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Another sign of recovery in Brazil? Gestamp, the Spanish multinational specialising in the design, development and manufacture of metal components for the automotive industry, has set up a new hot stamping plant in Betim (Minas Gerais, Brazil).


VW Brazil to produce Polo, Virtus, SUV and pickup

21 Apr 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A daring offensive of four new model launches by 2019 in the price bracket BRL45,000/US$14,500 through BRL90,000/$29,000.


Venezuela seizes GM factory

20 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors reportedly said Venezuelan authorities had illegally seized its factory in the industrial hub of Valencia and vowed to "take all legal actions" to defend its rights.


Nissan Brazil Kicks off local production

18 Apr 2017 | Fernando Calmon

In the day by day activity at the Nissan Brazil manufacturing plant, 162km/100 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City, AGVs, or automatically guided vehicles, tiny, self-guided robots pull different parts carts and trolleys, driving through corridors while playing a selection of up to eight songs.


Brazilian domestic market begins recovering

11 Apr 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The wait has been long — nothing short of 26 consecutive months — but finally there is a year on year auto sales gain in Brazil!


Daimlerspends $150m to build Sprinter in Argentina

6 Apr 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Vans said it was spending US$150m to build the next generation Sprinter large van in Argentina.


Land Rover Brazil hurries new Discovery imports

31 Mar 2017 | Fernando Calmon

With eyes clearly focused on its good performance here in Brazil, Land Rover has announced deliveries of the redesigned Discovery will start by late June, just three months after the start of sales in Europe. There will be four versions: SE, HSE, HSE Luxury and the special First Edition.


Lifan assembly plant in Uruguay to resume output

31 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Lifan's CKD plant in Uruguay will resume engine manufacturing and vehicle assembly in the next few weeks.


Brazil's 'Japan week' for new model launches

24 Mar 2017 | Fernando Calmon

It was unplanned, they say, but 'Japanese Week in Brazil' happened here anyway as three automakers launched new models: Honda's WR-V, the 2018 Toyota Corolla and Nissan's Frontier pickup truck.


GM Brazil to refurbish plant after union deal

21 Mar 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Following negotiations with a key union, GM will refurbish its oldest plant in Brazil (inaugurated 1930).



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