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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


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: 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: 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


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


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: 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


COLOMBIA: Trucks the top growth brands right now

17 April 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Trucks the top growth brands right now Juan Vargas Last weekend Barack Obama announced at the Americas Summit held in Cartagena/Colombia that the FTA signed with the Andean country will sta... read more


BRAZIL: Accord with Mexico kicks off new automotive régime

26 March 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Accord with Mexico kicks off new automotive régime Fernando Calmon After 45 days of talks, Brazil and Mexico finally reached a consensus on reviewing their free trade accord on vehicles.... read more


ANALYSIS: BRAZIL: Automakers slip place on global table

22 March 2012 | Fernando Calmon

ANALYSIS: BRAZIL: Automakers slip place on global table Fernando Calmon Brazil has lost a place on the global production table to India, according to the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle ... read more


BRAZIL: Lifan in investment mood, Renault mulls Lodgy

30 January 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Lifan in investment mood, Renault mulls Lodgy Fernando Calmon Lifan has decided to deepen its partnership with Brazilian group Effa which already distributes the Chinese automaker's 320 (whic... read more


BRAZIL: BMW looks to Santa Catarina for new plant - report

24 January 2012 | Chris Wright

BRAZIL: BMW looks to Santa Catarina for new plant - report Chris Wright BMW is homing in on the state of Santa Catarina in Brazil as the site for its first Latin American factory, according to Reuter... read more


BRAZIL: Auto tax and localisation requirements rise

3 January 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Auto tax and localisation requirements rise Fernando Calmon A 30% increase in IPI (industrialised products tax) has hit imported and some locally-made cars since 16 December but the Brazilian... read more


BRAZIL: Ford confirms new global model for Sao Bernardo do Campo

7 December 2011 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Ford confirms new global model for Sao Bernardo do Campo Graeme Roberts Ford plans to spend BR$800m (US$446m) building a new global model in its Sao Bernardo do Campo plant near Sao Paulo. ... read more


BRAZIL: New automakers to get tax break if targets met - paper

14 November 2011 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: New automakers to get tax break if targets met - paper Graeme Roberts Brazil will give newly established automakers in the country a break from higher taxes in exchange for the companies meet... read more


BRAZIL: IPI change analysis continues

10 October 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: IPI change analysis continues Fernando Calmon Three weeks after the new automotive policy for Brazil was announced it is still a key subject of discussion. First opinions in the media were... read more


BRAZIL: 14 new auto projects disclosed in six months

9 August 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: 14 new auto projects disclosed in six months Fernando Calmon The announcement of another automaker landing in Brazil – this time China’s JAC – shows the strength of the Braz... read more


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