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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


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


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Carmakers attracted by growing economy

2 August 2011 | Chris Wright

BRAZIL: Carmakers attracted by growing economy Chris Wright A rapidly expanding Brazilian market is seeing the country become an automotive hotspot. BMW and China’s JAC are the latest to look... read more


FEATURE: Mercosur poised for further auto investment

30 July 2010 | Ivan Castano

FEATURE: Mercosur poised for further auto investment Ivan Castano South America's main trading bloc Mercosur is set to attract significant new investments from global automotive manufacturers keen t... read more


COMMENT: BRAZIL: Chinese automakers have a long way to go

17 June 2010 | Fernando Calmon

COMMENT: BRAZIL: Chinese automakers have a long way to go Fernando Calmon The arrival of Chinese brands in Brazil has been rather slow, although watched with interest due to the size and industrial s... read more


EXCLUSIVE: Tough times for Colombian assemblers

14 August 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

EXCLUSIVE: Tough times for Colombian assemblers just-auto.com editorial team After more than two years of growing automotive commerce restrictions, Venezuela's government has now finally banned Colom... read more


COLOMBIA: Hino assembly starts soon

29 September 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

COLOMBIA: Hino assembly starts soon just-auto.com editorial team Hino will soon begin assembling trucks in Colombia in a $US20m project with Mitsui and Colombia's Praco-Didacol Group. It's been al... read more


BRAZIL: Daimler deal doomed Tritec

30 July 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Daimler deal doomed Tritec just-auto.com editorial team The news in mid-July that BMW had sold its 50% share in the Campo Largo (Paraná state)-based Tritec engine joint venture plant to priva... read more


BRAZIL: Lifan may move Tritec to China

3 July 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Lifan may move Tritec to China just-auto.com editorial team Tritec Motors will not comment on reports that Chinese manufacturer Lifan wants to acquire the currently idle Brazil... read more


BRAZIL: Revised Ford Fiesta ready for competition

9 February 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Revised Ford Fiesta ready for competition just-auto.com editorial team Ford Brazil is taking on increased competition in the small car sector with a 2008 model year facelift for its Camaçari-... read more


UK: British firm developing 'trybrid' Brazil sportscars

22 December 2006 | just-auto.com editorial team

UK: British firm developing 'trybrid' Brazil sportscars just-auto.com editorial team British automotive engineering consultancy, Lotus Engineering, has been selected by Obvio Automotoveiculos of Rio ... read more


EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: BRAZIL: Mexico free trade brings opportunity

15 December 2006 | just-auto.com editorial team

EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: BRAZIL: Mexico free trade brings opportunity just-auto.com editorial team Brazil (Mercosur) and Mexico have just signed their first free-trade accord for the automobile and light ... read more


BRAZIL: Auto makers competing for engineers

13 December 2006 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Auto makers competing for engineers just-auto.com editorial team Established in 1991 by five engineers, mostly from the auto industry, SAE Brasil became the first affiliate outside the US of ... read more