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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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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).

PSA Uruguay to build Peugeot Expert/Citroën Jumpy

16 Mar 2017 | Dave Leggett

PSA Group and its partners, EASA and Nordex, have signed an assembly contract for LCVs in Uruguay.

JLR Brazil chief awaits revised local content rule

10 Mar 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Eight months after opening its Brazilian assembly plant in Itatiaia, 174km/110 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City, Tata Motors' luxury vehicle unit Jaguar Land Rover's South American outpost has a new executive president for Brazil and Latin America: Frédéric Drouin.

Renault Brazil places second SUV bet on table

28 Feb 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A word which roughly translates as 'SUVisation' is now used here in Brazil to describe the growing consumer acceptance of SUV-like or crossover models which continue to shake up the market. It's no use arguing these vehicles are heavier, use more fuel, perform poorly and have an unfavourable centre of gravity compared with conventional vehicles.

Thyssenkrup sells CSA to Ternium for EUR1.5bn

22 Feb 2017 | Simon Warburton

Thyssenkrupp has reached agreement with Ternium on the sale of the CSA Siderúrgica do Atlântico (CSA) steel plant in Brazil to Ternium for a purchase price (enterprise value) of EUR1.5bn (US$1.6bn).

Survey shows Brazil auto executives ahead on tech

10 Feb 2017 | Fernando Calmon

International consultancy KPMG’s traditional Global Automotive Executive Survey (GAES), in its 2017 edition published late last month, revealed peculiarities related to the Brazilian market.

Ford Brazil honours debt and indemnifies state

27 Jan 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A lengthy attempt by Ford Brazil to build a new plant has been resolved, in part at least.

Toyota confirms Brazil engine production expansion

24 Jan 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Starting in the second half of 2019, Toyota Brazil will add Corolla engine production at its Porto Feliz plant, in São Paulo state.

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.

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