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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


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: 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


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: 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: Peugeot 208 narrows the new product wait gap

2 April 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Peugeot 208 narrows the new product wait gap Fernando Calmon Now Brazil is the world’s fourth largest auto market, it is no longer made to wait sometimes years for new models launched f... 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


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: 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


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: 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


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


BRAZIL: C3 Picasso arrives during good times for Citroën

25 May 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: C3 Picasso arrives during good times for Citroën Fernando Calmon Launched on 24 May in São Paulo, the Brazilian-built C3 Picasso shows the good job the local PSA Peugeot Citroën D... 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


BRAZIL: Renault Fluence caters for local sedan preference

9 December 2010 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Renault Fluence caters for local sedan preference Fernando Calmon Though Brazilian buyers have traditionally liked European brands, their choice of body style in the best selling compact a... 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


BRIEFING FEATURE: Brazil

20 October 2010 | Dave Leggett

BRIEFING FEATURE: Brazil Dave Leggett Brazil is riding the crest of a wave. The impact of the international recession of last year on Brazil was muted by an effective fiscal stimulus package which b... 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


BRAZIL: Toyota mulls adding hatchback to line

30 March 2010 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Toyota mulls adding hatchback to line Fernando Calmon Following a period of indecision, Toyota is expected soon to increase the number of passenger car models it sells in Brazil, adding a com... read more


BRAZIL: Jaguar/Aston Martin importer adding Chinese JAC models

17 December 2009 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Jaguar/Aston Martin importer adding Chinese JAC models Fernando Calmon Entrepreneur Sérgio Habib, Group SHC head, has announced a deal with China’s JAC Motors (Jianghuai Automotive Co) for hi... read more


ARGENTINA: Size and price are Chevrolet Agile highlights

12 October 2009 | Fernando Calmon

ARGENTINA: Size and price are Chevrolet Agile highlights Fernando Calmon Developed entirely in Brazil, the Chevrolet Agile is the first member of a new General Motors family codenamed Viva ( the name... read more


BRAZIL: Crisis strikes unevenly

26 January 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Crisis strikes unevenly just-auto.com editorial team Despite a 9% month on month rise in average daily sales in the first two weeks of January, vehicle inventories remain high and a... read more


BRAZIL: State throws automakers' lifeline

12 November 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: State throws automakers' lifeline just-auto.com editorial team The Sao Paulo state government on Tuesday said it would extend a 4bn reais ($1.8bn) credit line to the local auto industry to he... read more


SAO PAULO SHOW: Chrysler's Nissan breaks cover

30 October 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

SAO PAULO SHOW: Chrysler's Nissan breaks cover just-auto.com editorial team The first small Nissan rebadged for Chrysler has made its global debut as the Dodge Trazo at the the 25th international São... read more


BRAZIL: Fiat Linea wades into the mid-size battle

6 October 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Fiat Linea wades into the mid-size battle just-auto.com editorial team The Brazilian new car market is so hard-fought no automaker is willing to let the slightest chance of holding or boostin... 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


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