The arrival of Chinese brands in Brazil has been rather slow, although watched with interest due to the size and industrial strength of the world's most populous country. China is experiencing explosive growth in its automotive sector and, in 2009 produced 14m vehicles, a total no other country has ever reached in one year. Smaller automakers started slowly here three years ago as Chana, Change, Hafei and Jinbei looked first for opportunities in the light commercial segment.