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How long will automakers prop up Brazil units?

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 Brazilian expansion - 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...

Depressed Brazil market will disrupt tech 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....

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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Large bus order for Volvo

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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GM confirms investment in southern Brazil

18 Aug 2017 | Fernando Calmon

General Motors will spend BRL1.4bn/US$430m on its Gravataí plant in state of Rio Grande do Sul.

PPG opens new Argentina refinish training centre

18 Aug 2017 | Simon Warburton

PPG announced it has opened a new 300 sq m training centre for automotive refinish professionals in Pillar, Argentina.

Kwid places Renault Brazil in the spotlight

11 Aug 2017 | Fernando Calmon

If the Brazilian buyer has taken some time to understand - and especially to accept - the subcompact idea, the debut of the Renault Kwid will straighten this out.

Ford Brazil re-engines and updates EcoSport

27 Jul 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Time flies. It's 14 years since Ford Brazil was first in the blue oval empire to launch the EcoSport B-SUV [initially restricted mainly to South America - ed] and it's done well here in South America.

Nissan Brazil adds shift as Kicks demand rises

26 Jul 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Brazil has started a second shift at its Resende factory.

Brazil's ethanol producers, automakers, sign deal

21 Jul 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil is in a privileged position for electricity generation and land vehicle fuel production thanks to its ethanol infrastructure. While countries in the so-called 'developed world' need expensive and hard-to-implement solutions to reduce CO2 emission, with projects sometimes taking decades to deliver tangible results, this country can count on biofuels now.

Recession ages Brazilian car fleet

14 Jul 2017 | Fernando Calmon

After the continuous lowering of the average age of the Brazilian vehicle parc, which lasted for nine consecutive years, the renewal has now reversed.

BYD/Enel Chile ink electric mobility agreement

11 Jul 2017 | Dave Leggett

YD and Enel Chile have signed a trade agreement in Santiago, focusing on developing a commercial strategy to strengthen electric mobility in Chile.

Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3

26 Jun 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine initially will come from Ford India, where it is in production but not used in any locally produced model but the Brazilian powertrain plant in Taubaté, 146km/91 miles east of São Paulo City will eventually produce it as a replacement for the current four-cylinder, 1.6-litre Sigma motor.

Nissan Brazil ends initial tests of ethanol FCV

16 Jun 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Nissan was the auto industry's first company to develop a vehicle prototype powered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works with bio-ethanol’. By combining this and two other technologies (electric motor and a 24 kW/h battery) range is in excess of 600km (375 miles).

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