The 51st Salão Internacional do Automóvel in the city of São Paulo opened on 22 October 2012. There were world premieres from Chery, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Chery Celer: new name for Fulwin 2, to be localised ahead of Brazilian build

Chery Tiggo facelift: yet another stylish refresh for this seven-year old mock-SUV

*Chevrolet Onix: replaces soon to be discontinued Prisma, to be made at Gravataí

*Ford Fiesta sedan facelift: follows world premiere of facelifted hatchbacks at Paris

*Honda Fit Twist: no suspension lift, just added grey plastic for the mock-SUV look

Hyundai HB20: first of three new small vehicles to be built at new Piracicaba plant

*Hyundai HB20X: front-wheel drive crossover version of HB20, 1.6 Flexfuel engine

Nissan Extrem concept: design study of a potential Micra-sized SUV

*Renault Clio Mercosur: facelift & new name for 2nd generation three- & five-door

Renault DCross concept: design study based on Duster SUV

Toyota Etios: global debut of locally-built sedan & five-door (new Sorocaba plant)

*Volkswagen Gol three-door: previous shape three-door Gol G4 is finally replaced

Volkswagen Taigun concept: up!-based SUV powered by new turbo 1.0-litre engine

*information courtesy of just-auto’s Fernando Calmon in Brazil

Author: Glenn Brooks