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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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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.

Brazil auto industry enjoys a strong first quarter

23 Apr 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian auto industry continued on the rise this year as demonstrated by an excellent first quarter for registrations, production and exports.

CAOA (nee Chery) may become a new Brazilian brand

9 Apr 2018 | Fernando Calmon

The Brazilian press launch of the new Chery Tiggo 2 was accompanied by a little surprise.

VW to add SUV to Brazil roster as Honda consolidates factories

4 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen plans to produce an SUV in Brazil, a media report said.

FCA builds Latin America's first vehicle dynamics simulation centre

3 Apr 2018 | Fernando Calmon

In a partnership with the state of Minas Gerais' Pontifical Catholic University (PUC), FCA has built the first Vehicular Dynamics Simulation Centre (SIMCentre) in Latin America.

Mercedes brings Industry 4.0 to Brazil truck building

28 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler Trucks claims to have launched a new era of truck production in Brazil, involving systematic implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts.

Updated C4 Lounge kicks off Citroen Brazil turnaround

27 Mar 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Parent company difficulties often have repercussions for overseas subsidiaries, and the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Opel/Vauxhall) is no exception. The Brazilian market crisis of 2014-2016 worsened the situation of the two French brands by losing a higher percentage of market share than the average of other players here.

First two months' production and sales point to a strong 2018 in Brazil

12 Mar 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's auto industry recovery appears on track after the first two months of 2018: production and registrations of new motor vehicles achieved double digit growth in the period.

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