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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.


ANALYSIS - Brazil recovery likely to be sluggish

8 Mar 2016 | Fernando Calmon

The perennial rivalry between the optimistic and the pessimistic about what the Brazilian market will be like this year has hit a peak in the last few weeks.


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Chevrolet Brazil gives Spin a stylish facelift

27 Jul 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian minivan market has lost much of its sparkle yet the Chevrolet Spin still has a strong presence in the segment, including taxi service, but has always been criticised for its controversial styling. It is offered in five and seven-seat versions.


Brazilian market growth below expectations

23 Jul 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Vehicle production and sales in Brazil in the first half of 2018 were encouraging when compared to the same period a year ago but earlier forecasts for a stronger second half have been pegged back.


Brazil's Route 2030 promises a better future for its auto industry

13 Jul 2018 | Fernando Calmon

At last, after several postponements, Brazilian president Michel Temer announced the Route 2030 Programme for the auto industry which consists of a 15-year plan (uncommon in Brazil) divided into three five-year periods.


FCA lays out South American plans

2 Jul 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Following announcements by the Brazilian units of Volkswagen and GM, FCA's local arm has disclosed its strategy for the next five years.


GM Mercosur to launch 20 products within four years

22 Jun 2018 | Fernando Calmon

General Motors' Brazil brand Chevrolet will launch 20 new models in the Mercosur trading bloc by 2022.


Yaris, between Etios and Corolla, strengthens Brazilian Toyota line

18 Jun 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Despite the strong advance of SUVs, crossovers and 'adventure' variants of popular hatchbacks in Brazil, A- and B-segment hatchbacks still account for 60% of total passenger car registrations here, excluding single and double cab pick-ups. So automakers need to increase market share with additional types and sizes of vehicle.


Volume still low but JLR sticks with Brazil assembly plant

4 Jun 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Despite production volumes way short of expectations, Jaguar Land Rover has no plans to close its Brazilian assembly plant, a top executive has said.


VW Brazil to include five SUVs in 20 launches by 2020

18 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Volkswagen's launch plan for Brazil and Argentina totals 20 new products of which five are SUVs, a segment in which the automaker has been weak in South America so far.


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or petrol, or any blend of the two.


Toyota Brazil bets on flex fuel Prius

27 Apr 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota has revealed its first prototype of a hybrid electric vehicle powered by a flexible fuel internal combustion engine.



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