Local importers and assemblers are planning a number of new model launches in Colombia, where January sales rose 11% year on year to 7,238 in January.

Mazda is about to launch the Demio (aka the 2), assembled in Bogotá, which is expected to replace an old version of the 323 which has been on sale for almost 20 years.

General Motors will soon launch the South Korean-made Daewoo Kalos as a Chevrolet (as in the USA) but the Colombian cars are will also be assembled in Bogotá. GM plans to use this model to replace the old Suzuki Swift four-door sedan (also 20 years on sale).

GM assembler Colmotores is changing all of its sources of CKD packs for local assembly. Five years ago almost all of its cars were sourced from Suzuki but they have now been replaced with Opel models from GM do Brazil and now Daewoo.

Renault is soon to launch the Sport Clio 2.0 16V 172 bhp hatchback imported from France while Ford plans to launch the Fiesta 95bhp 1.0 turbo 95 bhp and has just introduced the the ECO SUV (a South American variation of the European Fiesta Fusion). Both are assembled in Venezuela.