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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 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....

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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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BYD delivers Argentina's first electric buses

24 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

A fleet of 12 BYD K9 electric buses for the city of Mendoza, Argentina, arrived at the port of San Antonio in Chile.

Pirelli reaffirms Brazil presence with reorganisation

15 May 2019 | Simon Warburton

Pirelli has confirmed its presence in Brazil through a reorganisation of its manufacturing structure to accelerate focus on high value products and improve the competitiveness of its sites in the country.

Toyota plans first hybrid car made in Brazil

18 Apr 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Motor said it would build a hybrid version of the redesigned Corolla sedan in Brazil that will run on electricity, ethanol and petrol, claiming it would be the first vehicle of its kind in the world.

Brazil sales improving steadily after good Q1

5 Apr 2019 | Fernando Calmon

First quarter 2019 vehicle sales in Brazil improved 11.4% compared to the same period last year, reaching 607,600 registered units versus 545,500 in 2018.

GM to spend $2.7bn on Brazil factories - report

20 Mar 2019 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has said it would spend US$2.7bn at two Brazilian factories over the next five years, sparing them from closure.

Honda Brazil (finally) starts production at Itirapina

28 Feb 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Honda Automoveis do Brasil (HAB), the automaker's automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, has begun operations at its new vehicle assembly plant in Itirapina city, state of Sao Paulo.

Ford exits heavy truck business in South America

20 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Ford has confirmed its exit from the heavy commercial truck business in South America as a "key step toward returning its South America operations to sustainable profitability".

Oxis Energy inks Brazil lithium sulphur cell contract

13 Feb 2019 | Simon Warburton

Oxis Energy has signed a contract with Codemge Participacoes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to establish a digital manufacturing plant for mass production of lithium sulphur cells.

After a good year, Brazil automakers expect a healthy 2019

11 Jan 2019 | Fernando Calmon

Sales of cars and light commercials in Brazil in 2018 topped 2.56m units, up 14.6% from the 2.24m units sold in 2017.

Chile launches Latin America’s largest electric bus fleet

14 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Chilean government has celebrated the arrival of 100 BYD K9FE electric buses in Santiago, the capital of Chile.

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