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2020 Brazil sales drop 26.2% but "strong" recovery likely

18 January 2021 | Fernando Calmon

2020 Brazil sales drop 26.2% but "strong" recovery likely Fernando Calmon During a truly dramatic 2020, Brazilian sales, production and exports plummeted strongly, yet not as drastically as initially... read more


Ricardo and JLR launch face shield production

9 April 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ricardo and JLR launch face shield production Graeme Roberts Engineering consultancy Ricardo said it was about to go into production manufacturing face shields which will be used by frontline NHS hea... read more


Ford suspends South America production until April

23 March 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Ford suspends South America production until April Graeme Roberts Ford has temporarily suspended production at its manufacturing sites in Brazil – Camacari (BA), Taubate (SP) and Troller's ... read more


Brazil H1 sales and production up despite Argentina

5 July 2019 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil H1 sales and production up despite Argentina Fernando Calmon Car sales in Brazil in the first half of 2019 rose 12.1% year on year as production inched up 2.8%. In contrast exports d... read more


Ford's Venezuela unit offers buyouts as output dwindles - report

6 December 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Ford's Venezuela unit offers buyouts as output dwindles - report Graeme Roberts Ford is offering buy-outs to staff at its moribund plant in Venezuela to reduce its payroll, two union leaders told a n... read more


Brazil Ka Freestyle gets new 1.5 I3 Flex engine

28 September 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil Ka Freestyle gets new 1.5 I3 Flex engine Fernando Calmon The Ka FreeStyle (Ka+ Active in Europe), developed first in Brazil has enough tweaks to suggest the owner has an adventurous lifes... read more


Ford brings another pseudo SUV to Brazil

9 February 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Ford brings another pseudo SUV to Brazil Fernando Calmon Unveiled in Brazil simultaneously with India , the Ka FreeStyle is a Ford "world project developed with the participation of several countrie... read more


Ford Brazil re-engines and updates EcoSport with no price rise

27 July 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil re-engines and updates EcoSport with no price rise Fernando Calmon Time flies. It's 14 years since Ford Brazil was first in the blue oval empire to launch the EcoSport B-SUV a... read more


Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3

26 June 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil first to launch 1.5 litre I3 Fernando Calmon Ford Brazil is launching a new, 1.5 litre, three cylinder, flex fuel engine in the updated EcoSport. Internally known as Dragon, the engine in... read more


New JLR Brazil chief awaits revised local content rules

10 March 2017 | Fernando Calmon

New JLR Brazil chief awaits revised local content rules Fernando Calmon Eight months after opening its Brazilian assembly plant in Itatiaia, 174km/110 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro City, Tat... read more


Ford Brazil honours debt and indemnifies state government

27 January 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Ford Brazil honours debt and indemnifies state government Fernando Calmon A lengthy attempt by Ford Brazil to build a new plant has been resolved, in part at least. After 16 years of talks, the ... read more


2016 São Paulo show - World premieres

9 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

2016 São Paulo show - World premieres Glenn Brooks The Honda WR-V was the main world premiere at the 8 November press day of the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show. It joined the Jeep Compass, w... 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


Export demand boosts GM, Ford and Renault Brazil recruitment

24 June 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Export demand boosts GM, Ford and Renault Brazil recruitment Fernando Calmon Following BMW, which will begin X1 SUV exports from its Brazilian assembly plant to the US next month , three other autom... read more


IAC opens Brazil cockpit plant supplying Jaguar Land Rover

15 June 2016 | Graeme Roberts

IAC opens Brazil cockpit plant supplying Jaguar Land Rover Graeme Roberts Global automotive interior components supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened its first South Amer... read more


Jaguar Land Rover opens factory in Brazil

14 June 2016 | Dave Leggett

Jaguar Land Rover opens factory in Brazil Dave Leggett Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover has officially opened its factory in Brazil – its first wholly-owned manufacturing plant outside of the UK. T... read more


Revamped rivals to face new Toyota Hilux in Brazil

24 May 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Revamped rivals to face new Toyota Hilux in Brazil Fernando Calmon The market for medium size pickups here in Brazil may be small but it keeps growing largely thanks to sales in medium-size and ... 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


Honda postpones new Brazil plant opening

30 November 2015 | Fernando Calmon

Honda postpones new Brazil plant opening Fernando Calmon In a typically cautious Japanese move, Honda has decided to defer the start of production at its new manufacturing plant in Itirapina, 1... read more


Ford Brazil market share increases 15.2%

12 November 2015 | Graeme Roberts

Ford Brazil market share increases 15.2% Graeme Roberts Ford's market share in Brazil increased from January to October, including both cars and trucks segments. The brand grew 15.2% year on year for... read more


BRAZIL: Jaguar Land Rover confirms Evoque assembly

5 October 2015 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Jaguar Land Rover confirms Evoque assembly Graeme Roberts Jaguar Land Rover has (finally) confirmed that the Range Rover Evoque would join the Land Rover Discovery Sport in assembly at i... 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: Workers at Ford's Sao Bernardo do Campo plant go on strike

11 September 2015 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Workers at Ford's Sao Bernardo do Campo plant go on strike Graeme Roberts Workers at a Ford plant in Brazil began an open-ended strike on 10 September to protest job cuts, adding to labour te... 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: Latest Ford Focus same as in other markets

20 July 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Latest Ford Focus same as in other markets Fernando Calmon Apart from the usual regional variations to suit buyer preferences and local regulations, Ford has fulfilled its promise of producin... 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


VENEZUELA: Ford to sell cars for US dollars

11 May 2015 | Dave Leggett

VENEZUELA: Ford to sell cars for US dollars Dave Leggett Ford has reportedly said that it will sell some of its cars in Venezuela for dollars in order to import parts and resume production at its Ven... read more


BRAZIL: JLR to start assembly with Evoque in second quarter 2016

8 May 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: JLR to start assembly with Evoque in second quarter 2016 Fernando Calmon Jaguar Land Rover’s local subsidiary has always been rather vague about what it will produce at its under-constr... read more


VENEZUELA: Ford and GM roll back operations as economic crisis deepens

29 April 2015 | Dave Leggett

VENEZUELA: Ford and GM roll back operations as economic crisis deepens Dave Leggett General Motors has laid off 13% of its workforce at its Venezuela plant, while Ford has ceased operations at its pl... read more


BRAZIL: JLR will assemble only new models locally

13 February 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: JLR will assemble only new models locally Fernando Calmon Though Jaguar Land Rover executives involved with the automaker in Brazil have learned not to divulge details of future new models or... 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


US: Venezuela woes cost Ford $800m pretax in Q4 2014

23 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

US: Venezuela woes cost Ford $800m pretax in Q4 2014 Graeme Roberts Ford is to take an US$800m pre-tax hit in results for the fourth quarter of 2014 due to the currency woes in Venezuela. The char... read more


VENEZUELA: Vehicle output in 2014 slumps to record low

19 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

VENEZUELA: Vehicle output in 2014 slumps to record low Graeme Roberts Vehicle production in recession-hit Venezuela fell 72.5% last year to just 19,759 units, national automakers organisation Cavenez... 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: Boosted buying power changes car buyer profile and market segmentation

22 December 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Boosted buying power changes car buyer profile and market segmentation Fernando Calmon In the last 12 years, as annual new vehicle sales have climbed 140%, the Brazilian buyer profile has cha... read more


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