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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


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 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: Ford, VW workers agree to 20% hours reduction

21 September 2015 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Ford, VW workers agree to 20% hours reduction Graeme Roberts Volkswagen and Ford workers in Brazil have agreed to a 20% reduction in working hours as well as wage cuts in order to avoid mass ... 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Competition fiercer in emerging markets - consultant

21 February 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Competition fiercer in emerging markets - consultant Fernando Calmon Jeffrey Henning, global head of Ernst & Young consulting, has been in Brazil and revealed a study of the difficulties ... 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: 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: 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


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: Ford Focus gears for C segment battle

2 October 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Ford Focus gears for C segment battle Fernando Calmon The arrival of Ford's third generation Focus looks like shaking up the compact-medium (C) segment here in Brazil but it will soon face ne... read more


BRAZIL: Karmann-Ghia comeback mulled

26 September 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Karmann-Ghia comeback mulled Fernando Calmon Unveiled as a prototype at the 1953 Paris motor show, the Beetle based Karmann- Ghia coupé is 60. To duly celebrate the anniversary, the cu... 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: Auto production rises 9% in August, sales fall

6 September 2013 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Auto production rises 9% in August, sales fall Graeme Roberts Automobile production in Brazil rose 9.0% but sales fell 3.8% in August from July, the national automakers' association said. ... read more


BRAZIL: Weakening consumer confidence slow sales growth

2 August 2013 | Chris Wright

BRAZIL: Weakening consumer confidence slow sales growth Chris Wright New vehicle sales in Brazil slowed in July according to market sources as weaker consumer confidence begins to catch up with what ... 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: 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


BRAZIL: May sales said strong on tax breaks

4 June 2013 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: May sales said strong on tax breaks Graeme Roberts Brazilian auto sales rose in May from a year earlier, bolstered by government tax cuts to support the local car industry, sources ... read more


BRAZIL: GM and Renault join the city car rush

31 May 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: GM and Renault join the city car rush Fernando Calmon Not long ago the subcompact market in Brazil was regarded as niche and far from attractive to automakers.  Current offerings are all... read more


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