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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...

ANALYSIS: Brazil gets way in Mexico car quota deal

10 Mar 2015 | Fernando Calmon

After some tense negotiations, both sides ended up yielding ground and the renewed automotive accord between Brazil and Mexico was finally s...

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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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Hyundai tops Chile car market for first time

17 Jan 2017 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Motor has announced that it has topped last year’s sales chart in Chile for the first time ever.

Brazil's 2016 worse than expected

13 Jan 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The difficult 2016 was the Brazil vehicle market's fourth downturn year in a row. With hindsight, it is easy to conclude there was excess optimism, exaggerated interventionism and poor assessment of the future. The Inovar-Auto programmes back in 2012 forecast sales of 4.5m light and heavy units by 2016/2017 - the tally last year was 2.05m, down over 20% on 2015.

Ford to halt Venezuela production until April

21 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Ford has suspended its assembly operations in Venezuela and said it is not planning to resume production until April of next year.

Nissan shows bio-fuel based fuel-cell concept

16 Dec 2016 | Dave Leggett

Nissan in Brazil has shown a concept vehicle powered by a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) that it claims is a green technology breakthrough.

Parent companies aiding Brazil auto subsidiaries

28 Nov 2016 | Fernando Calmon

In the golden times, not so long ago, global automakers' subsidiaries operating in Brazil sent healthy profits back to the parent companies' coffers. Between 2006 and 2012 these even accounted for the bulk of profits some car makers made as their Brazilian units continued to perform well while those in other countries faced difficult, post-credit crunch times.

Motor show brings optimism to Brazil

18 Nov 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The São Paulo Motor Show, running until Sunday 20 November, is notable for its new, spacious, modern and fully air-conditioned exhibition hall and for a large number of launches, restyles, creativity and trend setting.

GM and Ford Brazil investigate car sharing

15 Nov 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian car consumer is a little interested but has not yet got deep enough into car sharing. One of the reasons is the low 'motorisation' index  -  just 200 vehicles for each 1,000 inhabitants. The dream of car owning for the first time is pursued by many.

2016 São Paulo show - World premieres

9 Nov 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The Honda WR-V was the main world premiere at the 8 November press day of the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show. It joined the Jeep Compass, which made its public debut at the event, the media preview having already taken place.

GM Brazil expects 2.4m industry sales in 2017

8 Nov 2016 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors expects sales of new cars and light trucks in Brazil to rise to 2.4m in 2017 from an estimated 2.1m this year, the GM Brazil head said at an industry event in São Paulo.

GM Brazil's head calls for less incentives

31 Oct 2016 | Fernando Calmon

São Paulo-based GM South America, headed by Barry Engle, has reaffirmed temporary fiscal incentives proved fruitless in improving the Brazilian motor industry's competitiveness in recent years.

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