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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


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: Honda HR-V is first of three new crossovers

23 March 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Honda HR-V is first of three new crossovers Fernando Calmon This is rare in terms of Brazilian product launches: three new models make their debut within 30 days to tussle over the same compa... 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


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


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


VENEZUELA: Chinese automakers expanding in Venezuela

31 July 2014 | Staff reporter

VENEZUELA: Chinese automakers expanding in Venezuela Staff reporter China’s Chery Automobile has signed an agreement to export 13,000 cars to Venezuela this year. Since entering Venezuela in... 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


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


BRAZIL: More competitive Mexico wins VW Golf supply race

25 February 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: More competitive Mexico wins VW Golf supply race Fernando Calmon Volkswagen has just announced it will build the seventh generation Golf alongside the Jetta and import it into Brazil from lat... read more


BRAZIL [updated 29.1.13]: More engine plants in the pipeline

28 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL [updated 29.1.13]: More engine plants in the pipeline Fernando Calmon A new investment boom to make engines in Brazil is on the way. These ideas have been around since 2011 and took firmer sha... read more


BRAZIL: A good 2012 likely to push sales to 4m in 2013

14 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: A good 2012 likely to push sales to 4m in 2013 Fernando Calmon The Brazilian auto sales tally for 2012 was quite close to industry lobby group Anfavea's predictions, though some sectors were ... 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: Volkswagen exports 3m vehicles

2 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Volkswagen exports 3m vehicles Fernando Calmon A little before the milestone of 60 years of operations in Brazil, due later in this first quarter of 2013, Volkswagen announced it had exported... read more


COLOMBIA: Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations begin with Japan

3 October 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations begin with Japan Juan Vargas A year ago, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos visited Japan to promote commerce between both countries. Now, th... read more


PRODUCT EYE: Toyota Brazil's Etios below expectations in some areas

1 October 2012 | Fernando Calmon

PRODUCT EYE: Toyota Brazil's Etios below expectations in some areas Fernando Calmon Toyota Brazil's first compact car line is changed in detail compared with the 'designed-for-emerging-markets' model... read more


SWEDEN: Volvo issues statement on Brazilian car plant [updated]

24 August 2012 | Glenn Brooks

SWEDEN: Volvo issues statement on Brazilian car plant [updated] Glenn Brooks According to a report carried by Dow Jones, the president of Volvo Cars' Brazilian operations has spoken of plans for a pr... read more


BRAZIL: After nine years, a new Ford EcoSport

13 August 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: After nine years, a new Ford EcoSport Fernando Calmon After a long, nine-year life cycle for the first Ford Brazil EcoSport compact SUV, finally comes the long-anticipated 'MkII' , clearly e... read more


BRAZIL: VW to enlarge Taubaté plant to produce Up

23 July 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: VW to enlarge Taubaté plant to produce Up Fernando Calmon After considering proposals from at least four states, Volkswagen decided instead to enlarge the Taubaté manufacturing site 81... read more


BRAZIL: Spin repositions Chevrolet in minivan sector

2 July 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Spin repositions Chevrolet in minivan sector Fernando Calmon Although the Brazilian minivan market is  facing a severe slump (Citroën finally discontinued the outdated Xsara Picasso... 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: New Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Cobalt launch here first

23 November 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Cobalt launch here first Fernando Calmon Decades ago, automakers here in Brazil usually launched a new car every two or three years with rival unveilings well spa... read more


COLOMBIA: Automotive market boost threatened by government plan

3 October 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Automotive market boost threatened by government plan Juan Vargas The 42% growth in the Colombian new car market year to date and a forecast of over 300,000 units for the full year is makin... read more


BRAZIL: Fiat eyes larger new plant, studies new SUV

16 September 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Fiat eyes larger new plant, studies new SUV Fernando Calmon Fiat has revised its plans for building a new car manufacturing plant in the north east, a poor region of the country. The chosen s... 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


May 2011 management briefing: BRIC markets review – Brazil

31 May 2011 | just-auto.com editorial team

May 2011 management briefing: BRIC markets review – Brazil just-auto.com editorial team In the BRIC market review series this month, we take a look at the latest developments in Brazil. Economi... read more


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