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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: 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: GM confirms investments and a new subcompact

31 March 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: GM confirms investments and a new subcompact Fernando Calmon During his visit to Brazil last week, GM’s international president Dan Ammann reaffirmed that plans for the Brazilian subsid... 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 [updated 22.10.13]: Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Tracker face quota barrier

21 October 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL [updated 22.10.13]: Nissan Sentra and Chevrolet Tracker face quota barrier Fernando Calmon For almost two years, imports from Mexico, with which Brazil has a free trade agreement (FYA), have b... 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


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


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: Chevrolet Prisma boosts compact saloon contest

21 March 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Chevrolet Prisma boosts compact saloon contest Fernando Calmon The latest of 10 new model launches that have renewed 90% of the Chevrolet range in Brazil in just 20 months, the Prisma has arr... read more


BRAZIL: PSA starts 208 output in expanded Porto Real plant

20 February 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: PSA starts 208 output in expanded Porto Real plant Fernando Calmon The attendance at an official opening event of PSA Peugeot Citroën CEO Philippe Varin and chairman Thierry Peugeot alon... 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


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


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


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: 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: 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: From Beijing show to Brazilian market

9 May 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: From Beijing show to Brazilian market Fernando Calmon Two concept cars revealed at the recent Beijing show will eventually be made and marketed here in Brazil. A third model is coming, t... read more


COLOMBIA: Assemblers start expanding beyond CKD

14 February 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Assemblers start expanding beyond CKD Juan Vargas A milestone was reached last week when Renault launched the Colombian-assembled Dacia Duster mid-size SUV for sale not just locally but thr... 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


COLOMBIA: Sales hit a new record in 2011

6 January 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Sales hit a new record in 2011 Juan Vargas An estimated 5.5% growth in the nation's economy and expectations for better in 2012 are among the reasons vehicle sales reached a new record in C... 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


BRAZIL: Forecasts for 2012 remain positive

14 November 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Forecasts for 2012 remain positive Fernando Calmon The Brazilian auto market – cars and light and heavy commercials – will keep growing in 2012 but at a slower pace than in 2011. ... read more


BRAZIL: Duster starts new Renault product offensive

24 October 2011 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Duster starts new Renault product offensive Fernando Calmon Renault’s ambitions for the Brazilian market are large. To reach 8% market share in 2016 (currently 5%) it will count on 16 p... 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


ARGENTINA: Chevrolet Prism sales starting

3 August 2011 | Graeme Roberts

ARGENTINA: Chevrolet Prism sales starting Graeme Roberts The Chevrolet Prism (Prisma in Spanish) goes on sale in Argentina this month with LS or LT trim. The Prism, essentially an updated sedan sp... 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: 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: January sales get off to optimistic start

18 February 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: January sales get off to optimistic start Juan Vargas GDP growth of 4.5% last year and and a healthy 2010 market led to the best January on record for new vehicle sales in Colombia - month ... read more


COLOMBIA [updated]: 253,869 sales in 2010 a new record

19 January 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA [updated]: 253,869 sales in 2010 a new record Juan Vargas The steady revaluation of the Colombian peso versus the US dollar and the free trade agreement with Mexico (therefore no tariffs on ... 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


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