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COMMENT: Colombia's OEM suppliers and assemblers at the crossroads

24 May 2013 | Juan Vargas

Vehicle assembly in Colombia began in 1956 when the government signed an agreement to build Austin trucks locally. Colombian entrepreneurs soon saw the opportunity to invest in technology to be part of the necessary OEM supply chain. But those with up to 57 years of experience are in danger of disappearing unless they make radical decisions.

COLOMBIA: Volvo receives large bus order

22 May 2007 | editorial team

Volvo Buses has received an order for 187 buses to the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The buses will be delivered in autumn 2007.

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COLOMBIA: Foton starts KD kit assembly in Bogotá

7 Sep 2015 | Graeme Roberts

Foton has started Colombian assembly from KD kits in the country's capital of Bogotá, Colombia. It is the first Chinese automaker to assemble in the country.

COLOMBIA: Daimler expands with new bus plant

18 Jun 2015 | Graeme Roberts

After recently opening a new bus plant in India, Daimler said it was further expanding its bus business in Latin America: wholly owned subsidiary Daimler Colombia is opening a new bus plant in Funza near Bogotá with an installed capacity of 4,000 units per year.

COLOMBIA: JCI takes control of battery maker MAC

11 Nov 2013 | Tony Lewis

US-based Johnson Controls has acquired 90% of Colombian battery supplier MAC two years after the two companies launched a joint venture to produce and sell lead-acid batteries in the Central and South American regions.

COLOMBIA: FTA Colombia-Europe starts 1 August

31 Jul 2013 | Graeme Roberts

The long awaited free trade agreement between Colombia and Europe will start on 1 August with the first group of measures.

COLOMBIA: Government to reduce 'green' car tariffs

29 Jul 2013 | Graeme Roberts

The Colombian ministries of economy and environment have approved the reduction of import tariffs on electric and hybrid vehicles (and recharging points) over the next three years.

COLOMBIA: Government rule cuts H1 truck sales

16 Jul 2013 | Juan Vargas

A government decree which it made practically impossible to register new trucks above 10.5 tonnes this year – to protect smaller transporters - resulted in truck sales falling 33% from 2,365 to 1,583 units in the first half of 2013.

COLOMBIA: GM starts body part stamping to replace Chinese sourcing

11 Jul 2013 | Juan Vargas

General Motors' Colombian plant Colomotores in Bogotá has begun stamping 11 body parts for Chevrolet models assembled here, 17 months after plans to install a press shop were announced.

COLOMBIA [updated extra data 16:00]: Car sales fall reflects economy

18 Jun 2013 | Juan Vargas

Colombian car sales in May were off 10.4% year on year (from 27,339 to 24,488) but that was nonetheless the second best monthly tally for 2013 so far.

COLOMBIA: Michelin axing production at Icollantas

13 Jun 2013 | Graeme Roberts

After a decade of substantial annual losses in Colombia, which repeated cash injections have failed to stem, Michelin has decided to axe tyre making at local subsidiary Icollantas which, it said, has never been competitive.

COLOMBIA: Sales fell 23% YTD in Q1 but recovery is expected

24 Apr 2013 | Graeme Roberts

The government announcement about reducing credit interest rates came as Colombian new car sales fell 23% YTD though month on month sales in March rose 2.9% to 22,888 units, the best month in 2013 so far.

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