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Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for discussion

19 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for discussion Fernando Calmon With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to im... read more


X4 becomes BMW Brazil's sixth locally assembled model

8 September 2016 | Fernando Calmon

X4 becomes BMW Brazil's sixth locally assembled model Fernando Calmon Almost two years after the first locally assembled car -  a 328i - left the line at its Araquari plant in the southern state... read more


Turbocharging I3s a growing trend in Brazil

15 July 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Turbocharging I3s a growing trend in Brazil Fernando Calmon Turbo charging a one-litre, three-cylinder engine is a growing trend here in Brazil. Turbocharging itself is not a novelty here - back... read more


BMW Brazil to export X1 SUVs to US

13 May 2016 | Fernando Calmon

BMW Brazil to export X1 SUVs to US Fernando Calmon BMW's Araquari assembly plant in the state of Santa Catarina will begin exports of 10,000 units of the X1 small SUV to the US in July. ... read more


BMW Brazil to assemble sixth model - X4

15 January 2016 | Fernando Calmon

BMW Brazil to assemble sixth model - X4 Fernando Calmon Despite operating at just a third of the capacity of the Araquari, Santa Catarina state, assembly plant, BMW has decided to start building... read more


Jaguar Land Rover Brazil keeps to production timetable as CEO plans to quit

21 December 2015 | Fernando Calmon

Jaguar Land Rover Brazil keeps to production timetable as CEO plans to quit Fernando Calmon The first pre-production Brazilian Range Rover Evoque has left the line at the new Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro... read more


BRAZIL: Gloomy (non) growth forecasts abound

29 January 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Gloomy (non) growth forecasts abound Fernando Calmon According to JATO Dymanics, Brazil remained the world's fourth largest auto market in 2014, staying ahead of Germany by a mere 67,000 unit... read more


BRAZIL: Jury still out on a flat or growth 2015

12 January 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Jury still out on a flat or growth 2015 Fernando Calmon In automotive terms, 2014 surely will not be missed after the Brazilian domestic market’s 7.1% sales downturn. Combined with the ... read more


BRAZIL: Premium brands keep selling well

1 December 2014 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Premium brands keep selling well Graeme Roberts In contrast to the overall new car market in Brazil, which has been falling in 2014, with a 10% slump overall expected, premium models will see... read more


BRAZIL: New BMW plant assembles first car in Araquari

10 October 2014 | Chris Wright

BRAZIL: New BMW plant assembles first car in Araquari Chris Wright The first car has rolled off the assembly line at BMW’s new South American plant in Araquari, Santa Catarina state, Brazil. ... read more


BRAZIL: Volvo considers Brazilian car manufacture

29 September 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Volvo considers Brazilian car manufacture Fernando Calmon With a limited quota of just 3,000 full imports a year, plus the strict Inovar-Auto government auto policy rules to contend with, the... read more


BRAZIL: BMW to make 3 Series, X3 and Mini Countryman in Brazil

20 December 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: BMW to make 3 Series, X3 and Mini Countryman in Brazil Fernando Calmon BMW is planning to make three models at its new plant in Brazil: the 3 Series, X3 crossover and the Mini Countryman. ... read more


BRAZIL: Jaguar Land Rover still quiet on new plant product

9 December 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Jaguar Land Rover still quiet on new plant product Fernando Calmon Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover strategy for Brazil apparently is not to reveal all its plans at once. So we now know for su... read more


BRAZIL: Germans pile in, Land Rover awaited

7 October 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Germans pile in, Land Rover awaited Fernando Calmon Within 48 hours of each other, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen announced new car plant investments in Brazil. The two automakers, together w... read more


BRAZIL: A3 hatchback excluded from initial Audi plans

19 September 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: A3 hatchback excluded from initial Audi plans Fernando Calmon The only surprise when Audi’s EUR150m/BRL450m/US$200m spend in Brazil was announced late on Monday (17 September) was the a... read more


BRAZIL: Fox BlueMotion debuts Volkswagen three cylinder engine

22 July 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Fox BlueMotion debuts Volkswagen three cylinder engine Fernando Calmon The most modern Volkswagen engine has made its Brazil debut in the Fox BlueMotion, the fuel economy-focused version. ... read more


BRAZIL: Third facelift for the Fiat Idea

27 June 2013 | Glenn Brooks

BRAZIL: Third facelift for the Fiat Idea Glenn Brooks The Fiat Idea, a small minivan that was replaced by the 500L in European markets, is still built in Brazil and has just been given a third faceli... read more


BRAZIL: Chery decides on models, Geely mulls local plant

24 June 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Chery decides on models, Geely mulls local plant Fernando Calmon Chery has confirmed the Celer hatchback and saloon will be launched in the first quarter of 2014, following delays building it... read more


BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme discussed at auto industry forum

9 April 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme discussed at auto industry forum Fernando Calmon The federal government of Brazil has again postponed restoring the full rate of IPI tax on cars by 1 July. Having kept t... read more


BRAZIL [updated 29.1.13]: More engine plants in the pipeline

28 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL [updated 29.1.13]: More engine plants in the pipeline Fernando Calmon A new investment boom to make engines in Brazil is on the way. These ideas have been around since 2011 and took firmer sha... read more


BRAZIL: A good 2012 likely to push sales to 4m in 2013

14 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: A good 2012 likely to push sales to 4m in 2013 Fernando Calmon The Brazilian auto sales tally for 2012 was quite close to industry lobby group Anfavea's predictions, though some sectors were ... read more


BRAZIL: Audi may lead luxury production

2 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Audi may lead luxury production Fernando Calmon Eyeing a luxury car market expected to expand from 50,000 units in 2012 to up to 130,000 a year by 2016, Audi may set the pace to produce them ... read more


BRAZIL: Hyundai opens its own plant

13 November 2012 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Hyundai opens its own plant Graeme Roberts Hyundai Motor has opened its own factory in Brazil capable of rolling out 150,000 cars a year. Previously, vehicles were assembled locally by an in... read more


PRODUCT EYE(S): São Paulo show becomes truly international

30 October 2012 | Fernando Calmon

PRODUCT EYE(S): São Paulo show becomes truly international Fernando Calmon The media preview days may have come and gone but the Sao Paulo motor show is still open to the public (until 4 Novemb... read more


SAO PAULO SHOW: Final list of global debuts

26 October 2012 | Glenn Brooks

SAO PAULO SHOW: Final list of global debuts Glenn Brooks The 51st Salão Internacional do Automóvel in the city of São Paulo opened on 22 October 2012. There were world premieres ... read more


BRAZIL: BMW confirms 30,000 unit car plant

23 October 2012 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: BMW confirms 30,000 unit car plant Graeme Roberts BMW has, at long last, confirmed it will build a EUR200m (US$261m) car assembly plant in Brazil, scheduled to start production in 2014. Th... read more


BRAZIL/GERMANY: BMW on track for South American assembly plant

19 October 2012 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL/GERMANY: BMW on track for South American assembly plant Graeme Roberts BMW is set to build an assembly plant in Brazil to benefit from growing demand for luxury cars in South America's large... read more


BRAZIL: New automotive regime likely to push prices down

12 October 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New automotive regime likely to push prices down Fernando Calmon Long awaited and successively postponed, details of the new Brazilian automotive regime for the five years from 1 January, 201... read more


COLOMBIA: Government will change local automotive assembly policy

19 September 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Government will change local automotive assembly policy Juan Vargas It has been almost 13 years since Colombia signed the last update of the Andean Automotive Agreement (AAA) under which ... read more


SAO PAULO PREVIEW: Hyundai to reveal locally-built HB20

13 September 2012 | Glenn Brooks

SAO PAULO PREVIEW: Hyundai to reveal locally-built HB20 Glenn Brooks Hyundai has revealed images and details of the HB20, a locally-built B-segment model that will have its world premiere at the Sao ... read more


BRAZIL: VW to enlarge Taubaté plant to produce Up

23 July 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: VW to enlarge Taubaté plant to produce Up Fernando Calmon After considering proposals from at least four states, Volkswagen decided instead to enlarge the Taubaté manufacturing site 81... read more


BRAZIL: BMW to decide on local plant soon

2 July 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: BMW to decide on local plant soon Fernando Calmon As one of the top sponsors for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro recently, BMW made presentat... read more


COLOMBIA: Car sales slow in Q1

30 May 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Car sales slow in Q1 Juan Vargas The Eurozone and Greek crises and the newly implemented FTA between the US and Colombia slowed the market last month to 24,941 units, up just 2.4% year on y... read more


BRAZIL: From Beijing show to Brazilian market

9 May 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: From Beijing show to Brazilian market Fernando Calmon Two concept cars revealed at the recent Beijing show will eventually be made and marketed here in Brazil. A third model is coming, t... read more


BRAZIL: Mercedes car build to return via Alliance?

26 April 2012 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Mercedes car build to return via Alliance? Graeme Roberts Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has told Brazilian journalists the company is most likely to resume car manufacturing in Brazil through it... read more


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