Car production and sales in Brazil both fell in September from August.

Sales were down 5.9% month on month to 309,870 units while production slipped 2.5%, according to Anfavea, the national car makers’ association.

Sales in the first nine months of the year were comparable to the same period last year, said Anfavea which is forecasting a modest 1-2% growth in sales this year to around 3.88m.

The association is also sticking to its forecast of growth of around 5% a year to reach sales of 4.7m by 2017.

September’s slide was attributed to fewer working days in the month compared to August.

Fiat was again the best-selling brand in September with sales of 63,000 vehicles ahead of VW (57,000), GM (51,000) and Ford (28,000).