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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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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.

Changan launches sales in Argentina

13 Dec 2018 | Staff reporter

China’s Changan Automobile officially began operations in Argentina this week with the launch of two SUV models in the city of San Isidro, according to local reports.

Ford's Venezuela unit offers buyouts as output dwindles - report

6 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford is offering buy-outs to staff at its moribund plant in Venezuela to reduce its payroll, two union leaders told a news agency, as the automaker seeks to streamline its money-losing South America operations.

Mercedes Brazil hiring 600 temps for commercial vehicles

4 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mercedes Benz Brazil operation will add about 600 contractors in 2019 on year-long contracts to work on commercial vehicles, adding to a workforce of 10,000, the company said.

Trump talks with China give automakers hope

3 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The US and China reportedly called a truce in their trade war on Saturday after President Trump agreed to hold off on new tariffs and President Xi Jinping pledged to increase Chinese purchases of American products.

Renault-Nissan's future up to private shareholders - Japan

3 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has told French president Emmanuel Macron the future of the Renault-Nissan alliance was up to private shareholders.

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