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Brazil turnaround shows FCA what to do with Fiat

8 Apr 2020 | Glenn Brooks

With Brazil having become Fiat's number one market even before COVID-19, the launch of a new Strada is even more newsworthy than it might otherwise have been. The small pick-up also arrives as registrations for March show the brand still in third place but closing on Volkswagen and Chevrolet.

Volkswagen Brazil's virtuous new compact saloon

2 Feb 2018 | Fernando Calmon

New vehicles are becoming ever more sophisticated and stylish in Brazil.

How long will global automakers prop up loss-making Brazil subsidiaries?

27 Feb 2017 | Fernando Calmon

There was once euphoria in the Brazilian automotive market. Following the 2008/2009 financial crisis, the Lehman Brothers bank bankruptcy and the chain reaction that spread worldwide, auto companies settled here coincidentally commenced to profit enormously. And the order of the day became rescuing indebted parent companies, especially General Motors (at the time in Chapter 11 proceedings), Ford and Fiat.

JLR’s internationalisation strategy continues – Analysis

14 Jun 2016 | Ian Henry

As Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover’s factory in Brazil officially opens, Ian Henry takes a closer look at the company’s latest manufacturing set-up and its evolving international manufacturing strategy.

ANALYSIS - Depressed Brazilian market will disrupt technological advances

11 Apr 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The time seems to have come: no one is sure about how long the Brazilian economy will keep getting worse before recovery starts.

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Brazilian June production plunges 58%

14 Jul 2020 | Fernando Calmon

June 2020 output in Brazil of 98,700 units exceeded May's tally by 129.1% but nonetheless was down 57.7% year on year.

Allison transmissions on Sao Paulo refuse trucks

16 Jun 2020 | Simon Warburton

Allison says its automatic transmissions are now operating on refuse trucks in Sao Paulo State in Brazil.

Visteon gives VW new infotainment platform

21 May 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Visteon is supplying a new infotainment platform for Volkswagen Group's (VW) new Nivus model for Brazil.

BYD supplies 12 electric buses to Sao Jose dos Campos

18 May 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD is to supply 12 pure electric articulated buses to Sao Jose dos Campos' Green Line in Brazil.

Brazilian market collapses

14 Apr 2020 | Fernando Calmon

Responsible for 4.5% of Brazil's GNP, the auto industry is one of the economy's most vulnerable sectors in this Covid-19 epidemic.

Toyota Brazil suspends production till late June

14 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor has said it was suspending vehicle production at its Brazil plants until at least 22 June, joining General Motors which also expects to resume production in the same month.

Ricardo and JLR launch face shield production

9 Apr 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Engineering consultancy Ricardo said it was about to go into production manufacturing face shields which will be used by frontline NHS healthcare staff in the UK as well as by key workers in the care home sector. Jaguar Land Rover is also ramping up production of such protective visors in both the UK and Brazil.

Ford suspends South America production until April

23 Mar 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford has temporarily suspended production at its manufacturing sites in Brazil – Camacari (BA), Taubate (SP) and Troller's plant in Horizonte (Ceara) – and at the Pacheco plant in Argentina, in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus in South America.

Brazil climbs to sixth from eighth biggest world market

13 Jan 2020 | Fernando Calmon

The year 2019 was quite good for the Brazilian auto industry although it could have been better.

Semcon new partner for VW truck electrification in Brazil

14 Oct 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Semcon Brazil is entering a partnership with Volkswagen Brazil Truck and Bus to develop an e-delivery truck.

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