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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

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.

Brazil invented the 'pseudo SUV' - giving a mundane hatchback an 'offroad' look but with limited abilityBrazil Ka Freestyle gets new 1.5 I3 Flex engine

28 September 2018

The Ka FreeStyle (Ka+ Active in Europe), developed first in Brazil has enough tweaks to suggest the owner has an adventurous lifestyle but is relatively discreet compared to the avalanche of pseudo-suvs on the Brazilian market and now spilling over into Europe (Ford has also launched Fiesta and Focus Active models).

VW Brazil estimated 27% of sales by 2020 would be SUVs versus 22% now. This includes the 'adventurers' segment, also known here as 'pseudo SUVs', which includes models like this recently launched Chevrolet Spin ActivBrazil August sales tally comes as a surprise

14 September 2018

Sales of new vehicles in Brazil in August reached 248,623 units, surprising industry watchers.

Brazilian version of C4 Cactus has 'floating' roof rails, roll-down rear windowsCitroen Brazil launches 'localised' C4 Cactus

7 September 2018

Because the SUV market keeps growing steadily here in Brazil, automakers have plenty of opportunities to launch new or improved models.

Pseudo-SUV Activ crossover version no longer has tailgate-mounted spare so seven seats are now optionalChevrolet Brazil gives Spin a stylish facelift

27 July 2018

The Brazilian minivan market has lost much of its sparkle yet the Chevrolet Spin still has a strong presence in the segment, including taxi service, but has always been criticised for its controversial styling. It is offered in five and seven-seat versions.

Anfavea is now sticking with its original January forecast: an increase of 11.7%, or 2.5m registrations, of light and heavy vehicles by the end of 2018Brazilian market growth below expectations

23 July 2018

Vehicle production and sales in Brazil in the first half of 2018 were encouraging when compared to the same period a year ago but earlier forecasts for a stronger second half have been pegged back.

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