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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 an...

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 se...

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 th...

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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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Daimler announces South America CV spend

10 Oct 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will be spending around EUR600m on its commercial vehicle business in Brazil over the next five years.

Toyota expanding Brazil plant for Yaris

6 Oct 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Contrary to a claim by Nikkei Asia Review, Toyota will not 'squeeze' their Sorocaba plant, in the state of Sao Paulo, to produce the Yaris alongside the current Etios hatchback and saloon subcompacts.

Brazilian VW Polo closest yet to Europe 'original'

2 Oct 2017 | Fernando Calmon

It's very rare for a completely redesigned car model made in Brazil to make its debut all but in sync with the European versions and launch.

Brazilian ethanol producers eye China with optimism

29 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazilian cane millers see opportunity in news China is considering increasing ethanol content in its petrol.

GM Brazil (more or less) details latest spending plans

29 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

A spend of BRL3.1bn/US$1bn will complete investment previously announced by General Motors in its Brazilian manufacturing units.

Toyota to build Yaris Ativ in Brazil

28 Sep 2017 | Tony Pugliese

Toyota Motor has announced plans to spend BRL1bn (US$319m) to upgrade its Sorocaba plant in Brazil to build the Yaris subcompact passenger car from next year but the chosen model is a new 'emerging markets' variant recently launched in Thailand for the ASEAN region and not the recently updated  Yaris/Vitz version built in other countries, including Japan and France, and sold worldwide.

SsangYong tries Brazil for a third time

26 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazilian group JLJ has officially taken over import, marketing, distribution and after sales support of SsangYong vehicles for a 10 year period, renewable thereafter in five year chunks.

All Brazil measures and forecasts on the rise

22 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian auto industry's results at the end of August for the three main indicators - domestic sales, production, and exports - point to a recovery with no expectation of a reversal.

Nissan Brazil plant builds 150,000 cars in three years

19 Sep 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Three years after starting operations, Nissan Brazil has built 150,000 cars at its Resende Industrial Complex.

VW Brazil teases new Polo ahead of local launch

6 Sep 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ahead of its launch of the redesigned Polo (European media launch is on this week), the first of a new, subcompact range to be built in Brazil on the VW group's modular MQB platform, Volkswagen Brazil is undertaking a huge programme of advance promotion. 

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