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Trump talks with China give automakers hope

3 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Trump talks with China give automakers hope 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 Presid... read more


Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles Fernando Calmon In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or pe... read more


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


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


ANALYSIS - Brazil recovery likely to be sluggish

8 March 2016 | Fernando Calmon

ANALYSIS - Brazil recovery likely to be sluggish 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... 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


Exports the only good news in Brazil this year

27 November 2015 | Fernando Calmon

Exports the only good news in Brazil this year Fernando Calmon There's always a silver lining somewhere. In a year so far marked by a deep fall in domestic sales, predicted to reach 27%, the Brazilia... read more


BRAZIL: Big Four losing sales faster than industry rate

1 September 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Big Four losing sales faster than industry rate Fernando Calmon For the so-called 'Big 4' here in Brazil – Fiat, Ford, GM and VW – the current tough market conditions... read more


BRAZIL: Big Four steadily losing market share

26 May 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Big Four steadily losing market share Fernando Calmon Though Brazil sales are estimated to fall 13% to 19% in 2015, depending on the forecaster's optimism or pessimism, not all brands will be... read more


BRAZIL: GM workers end six day strike

27 February 2015 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: GM workers end six day strike Graeme Roberts Workers at General Motors Brazilian car factory have ended their strike after the carmaker dropped plans to furlough around 800 workers. The strik... read more


BRAZIL: January vehicle output inches up

5 February 2015 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: January vehicle output inches up Graeme Roberts Vehicle production in Brazil increased just 0.4% year on year in January after a 10-day strike at Volkswagen lowered output at a key plant and ... 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: Three-cylinder turbocharged engines on 'fast forward'

1 December 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Three-cylinder turbocharged engines on 'fast forward' Fernando Calmon At least three automakers here in Brazil are betting on turbocharger technology for their new, one-litre, three-cylinder ... 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


SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best

10 November 2014 | Fernando Calmon

SAO PAULO SHOW: This year's was one of the best Fernando Calmon Attracting over 750,000 visitors in 11 days, the São Paulo motor show saw several locally made and imported new model launches o... read more


BRAZIL: Incentives for hybrids do not include plug-ins

17 October 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Incentives for hybrids do not include plug-ins Fernando Calmon Long awaited, the expected fiscal incentive for production and sale of hybrid cars here in Brazil has finally reached draft stag... 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 i3 range extender now on sale at US$100,000

22 September 2014 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: BMW i3 range extender now on sale at US$100,000 Graeme Roberts BMW's i3 is the first 100% electric vehicle to go on retail sale here in Brazil and is now available in eight regional capital c... read more


BRAZIL: Renault updates Sandero and slashes prices

15 July 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Renault updates Sandero and slashes prices Fernando Calmon Life will become increasingly difficult for automakers in the hotly contested Brazilian market for compact hatchbacks. After all, th... read more


BRAZIL: Auto investment attraction to endure - KPMG

13 June 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Auto investment attraction to endure - KPMG Fernando Calmon A KPMG International survey of the auto industry showed that 40% of executives interviewed intend to invest in the Brazil... read more


BRAZIL: Fiat profit down 81% in 2013

15 May 2014 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Fiat profit down 81% in 2013 Graeme Roberts Only two automakers – Fiat and Renault – are organised in Brazil as PLC companies and therefore obligated by law to issue financial res... read more


BRAZIL: BASF spends US$3.5m to expand waterborne paint production

14 April 2014 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: BASF spends US$3.5m to expand waterborne paint production Graeme Roberts BASF has spent EUR2.5m (US$3.5m) at its Demarchi coatings site, located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, to e... read more


BRAZIL: GM confirms investments and a new subcompact

31 March 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: GM confirms investments and a new subcompact Fernando Calmon During his visit to Brazil last week, GM’s international president Dan Ammann reaffirmed that plans for the Brazilian subsid... read more


BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme encourages R&D centres

10 March 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme encourages R&D centres Fernando Calmon The Brazilian government's new Inovar-Auto regime introduced in 2013 has provided stimuli for the auto industry to invest a p... read more


BRAZIL: New importers' association vows no ties with Anfavea

25 February 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New importers' association vows no ties with Anfavea Fernando Calmon For the first time since its foundation in 1956, the national automakers association Anfavea will co-exist with a similar ... read more


BRAZIL: New safety rules axe six antique models

17 January 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New safety rules axe six antique models Fernando Calmon Several models were axed by the end of 2013 following a Brazilian federal government mandate requiring ABS brakes and front airbags fro... 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: New Ford Ka for global sale with saloon option

15 November 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New Ford Ka for global sale with saloon option Fernando Calmon Unlike its predecessor (a local redo of the original mid 90s first generation rather than Europe's reskinned Fiat 500), Ford's l... read more


BRAZIL: Fiat innovates with three door compact pickup

28 October 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Fiat innovates with three door compact pickup Fernando Calmon Some of the more peculiar models sold in near four million unit Brazil are pretty much unique.  Compact models - hatchbacks,... read more


BRAZIL: Vehicle production and sales falter in September

7 October 2013 | Tony Lewis

BRAZIL: Vehicle production and sales falter in September Tony Lewis Car production and sales in Brazil both fell in September from August. Sales were down 5.9% month on month to 309,870 units whil... read more


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