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Fernando Calmon

Fernando CalmonBiography

Brazilian-based Mercosur region correspondent Fernando Calmon is a mechanical engineer and has been a motoring journalist since 1967, when he produced and presented the TV programme Grand Prix which ran until 1980.

He was managing editor of the Auto Esporte specialist national magazine for two periods (1976/82 and 1990/96).

His main current activity is editor of a national weekly column about cars, called Alta Roda (Tall Wheel in English), begun in 1999. This column is published on the UOLCarros portal and syndicated to 90 newspapers, magazines and websites across Brazil.

Calmon has covered South America for just-auto since 2006.

Articles by Fernando Calmon

The total of 729,500 vehicles produced in Brazil year to date to 30 June was down 50.5% compared to the first half of 2019Brazilian June production plunges 58%

14 July 2020

June 2020 output in Brazil of 98,700 units exceeded May's tally by 129.1% but nonetheless was down 57.7% year on year.

Toyota and GM actions suggest Brazil plants may not be back in action until late JuneBrazilian market collapses

14 April 2020

Responsible for 4.5% of Brazil's GNP, the auto industry is one of the economy's most vulnerable sectors in this Covid-19 epidemic.

Numerous new models will be launched in Brazil this year produced either locally or imported from other Mercosur countries and MexicoBrazil climbs to sixth from eighth biggest world market

13 January 2020

The year 2019 was quite good for the Brazilian auto industry although it could have been better.

Brazil's 12th generation Toyota Corolla has the world's first flex-engine hybrid optionSluggish Brazil economy drags auto biz down with it

8 October 2019

In line with the sluggish recovery of the Brazilian economy - this year's GDP is expected to grow 1% maximum, according to late forecasts - the Brazilian auto industry will also achieve poorer results than expected for the year.

Brazilian automaker strategists are already factoring the new EU-Mercosur trade accord into their plansBrazil H1 sales and production up despite Argentina

5 July 2019

Car sales in Brazil in the first half of 2019 rose 12.1% year on year as production inched up 2.8%.

VW's modified-for-Brazil T-Cross was the most significant first quarter model launchBrazil sales improving steadily after good Q1

5 April 2019

First quarter 2019 vehicle sales in Brazil improved 11.4% compared to the same period last year, reaching 607,600 registered units versus 545,500 in 2018.

A GM Brazil assembly line rolls out Chevrolet family cars. The economy, production and sales all improved in 2018 though exports slumpedAfter a good year, Brazil automakers expect a healthy 2019

11 January 2019

Sales of cars and light commercials in Brazil in 2018 topped 2.56m units, up 14.6% from the 2.24m units sold in 2017.

Brazilian T-Cross has larger interior thanks to sharing longer Virtus saloon wheelbaseBrazilian Volkswagen T-Cross slightly larger than European version

5 November 2018

The production version of Volkswagen's compact T-Cross SUV was unveiled simultaneously in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Shanghai (China) and Sao Paulo (Brazil) recently. It is the first SUV VW has made in Brazil - at its Sao Jose dos Pinhais manufacturing plant in the southern state of Parana.

Toyota Corolla production in Brazil dates back to 1998Toyota Brazil confirms investment for new Corolla

5 November 2018

Toyota Brazil has confirmed a BRL1bn/US$280m investment for its Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo state, manufacturing plant, 95km/57miles northwest of the state capital Sao Paulo City.

Mexican built Jetta for Brazil is broadly similar to NAFTA market cars from the same factoryBrazilian VW Jetta likely to be the "best among the rest"

15 October 2018

The market for compact-medium sized passenger vehicles in Brazil is defined by strong competition amongst the SUV contenders as well as conventional cars, has lost a little momentum but still attracts loyal and perhaps less mainstream buyers.

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