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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


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: 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


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: 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: C4 Lounge restores Citroën’s play in midsize arena

2 September 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: C4 Lounge restores Citroën’s play in midsize arena Fernando Calmon C segment midsize models are the second most important sector here in Brazil (380,000 units yearly) and account for about 10... read more


COLOMBIA: FTA Colombia-Europe starts 1 August

31 July 2013 | Graeme Roberts

COLOMBIA: FTA Colombia-Europe starts 1 August Graeme Roberts The long awaited free trade agreement between Colombia and Europe will start on 1 August with the first group of measures. Implementati... read more


COLOMBIA: Government rule cuts H1 truck sales

16 July 2013 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Government rule cuts H1 truck sales Juan Vargas A government decree which it made practically impossible to register new trucks above 10.5 tonnes this year – to protect smaller transp... 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


COLOMBIA [updated extra data 16:00]: Car sales fall reflects economy

18 June 2013 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA [updated extra data 16:00]: Car sales fall reflects economy Juan Vargas Colombian car sales in May were off 10.4% year on year (from 27,339 to 24,488) but that was nonetheless the secon... read more


COLOMBIA – 2013 starts slow but forecast is 325,000 units

18 February 2013 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA – 2013 starts slow but forecast is 325,000 units Juan Vargas Colombian car sales dipped 4.2% year on year to 19,541 units in January but it was still the second best result for that month on... read more


COLOMBIA: Sales off 3% but 2012 still second best year ever

9 January 2013 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Sales off 3% but 2012 still second best year ever Juan Vargas A decrease in export market demand for Colombian products and commodities combined with domestic speculation about car tax refo... 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


COLOMBIA: August sales slow 10%, hold steady YTD

10 September 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: August sales slow 10%, hold steady YTD Juan Vargas After the Colombian peso devalued following the Central Bank's announcement that the economy was slowing, car sales fell to 25,662 units... read more


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