EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Iveco brings in line from Argentina

By just-auto.com editorial team | 11 October 2001

Iveco will transfer an Argentinean heavy truck assembly line to Brazil because of the fall of the vehicle market in Argentina. The line concerned is the Iveco Eurotec.

Iveco will build a new assembly line for the Eurotec trucks in the Iveco/Fiat plant in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais state. The transfer of production from the Argentinean Cordoba plant will involve an investment of R$ 50 million (about $US 18 million).

The Brazilian Iveco/Fiat plant was inaugurated last November and now produces the Fiat Ducato and Iveco Daily light commercial vehicles.

Iveco will start work on the Eurotech assembly line next month and expects to commence local production at the end of 2002.

The automaker will continue to make the Eurotec models in Argentina until the inauguration of the line in Brazil.

After the line transfer, the Cordoba plant only will produce mid-size trucks of the Eurocargo range.

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