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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


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


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: 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: 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


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


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: Sales fell 23% YTD in Q1 but recovery is expected

24 April 2013 | Graeme Roberts

COLOMBIA: Sales fell 23% YTD in Q1 but recovery is expected Graeme Roberts The government announcement about reducing credit interest rates came as Colombian new car sales fell 23% YTD though month o... 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: 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


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: 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: 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


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


COLOMBIA: First half sales the best yet

29 July 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: First half sales the best yet Juan Vargas The earlier forecast that over 300,000 vehicles would be sold in Colombia in 2011 looks like it will prove accurate if second half sales continue t... read more


COLOMBIA: Car sales resume momentum in May

16 June 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Car sales resume momentum in May Juan Vargas Colombian car sales reached 28,205 last month - 16% higher than April's sales and 1,969 more than the 2011 average. According to Econometr&ia... read more


COLOMBIA: Consumer confidence sees March sales soar

21 April 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Consumer confidence sees March sales soar Juan Vargas 'Confidence' is the best word to explain why Colombians bought 32,320 new vehicles last month. According to Econometria, that was mo... read more


COLOMBIA: Sales grow 50% in first two months

22 March 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Sales grow 50% in first two months Juan Vargas Last month was the best February on record for Colombian new vehicle sales with the 25,527 units sold up 51% month on month and 46% year on ye... read more


COLOMBIA: November 2010 the best sales month on record

8 December 2010 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: November 2010 the best sales month on record Juan Vargas As I reported for just-auto.com a few weeks ago , the Bogotá motor show boosted sales for most brands.  Now Eco... read more


BRAZIL: Chinese 'invasion' of the São Paulo auto show

22 November 2010 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Chinese 'invasion' of the São Paulo auto show Fernando Calmon The São Paulo international auto show will pass into history as one of the most important in the 50-year series. Though... read more


BRAZIL: Mexican Ford Fiesta sedan goes on sale

23 August 2010 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Mexican Ford Fiesta sedan goes on sale Fernando Calmon   Just two months after sales began in the US, Ford Brazil has started selling the new Fiesta, initially as a sedan only. Lik... read more


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