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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 | 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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Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3

26 Jun 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine initially will come from Ford India, where it is in production but not used in any locally produced model but the Brazilian powertrain plant in Taubaté, 146km/91 miles east of São Paulo City will eventually produce it as a replacement for the current four-cylinder, 1.6-litre Sigma motor.

Nissan Brazil ends initial tests of ethanol FCV

16 Jun 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Nissan was the auto industry's first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol’. By combining this and two other technologies (electric motor and a 24 kW/h battery) range is in excess of 600km (375 miles).

Argo redeems Fiat Brazil

12 Jun 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Compact hatchbacks are still the preference of the majority of Brazilian car buyers despite the rising number of SUVs and crossovers on sale. Meanwhile 2017 is becoming known for redesigns and technology updates at a level seldom seen in the history of the local industry. The first of the new hatchback breed to arrive is the Fiat Argo, of which sales have started already, while the new Volkswagen Polo will take a little longer.

Self-steering Volvo Truck boosts Brazil harvest

8 Jun 2017 | Dave Leggett

Volvo Trucks says it has developed a new self-steering truck that can deliver a significant productivity boost for Brazilian sugar-cane growers.

Pirelli suspends production in Venezuela

8 Jun 2017 | Dave Leggett

Pirelli says it is indefinitely suspending the production of tyres in crisis-hit Venezuela due to problems securing supplies of raw materials.

Brazilian auto parts makers search for finance

26 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

After three years of successive slumps in its sales, the Brazilian auto parts industry underwent a fast capital reduction process which is now causing some manufacturers liquidity problems.

Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for debate

19 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to impose a new, longer term directive for the Brazilian automotive industry.

BYD becomes 'local auto manufacturer' in Argentina

17 May 2017 | Graeme Roberts

CTS Auto/BYD Auto, a firm controlled by renewable energy technology company BYD, has been authorised to become a local auto manufacturer in Argentina.

Brazil to triple auto exports to Colombia

12 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's second vehicle trade agreement, outside the Mercosur region, is set to take effect within 30 days. The first was with Mexico a decade ago and now Colombia is opening up without the previous burden of a 16% import tax.

GM and Toyota to boost Brazil exports

28 Apr 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The 70% year on year growth in exports from Brazilian auto plants in the first quarter of 2017 delighted the automakers and has prompted something of a rush to get more cars out to foreign markets amidst only a slight domestic recovery so far. Toyota and GM have just confirmed they're doing just that.

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