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Toyota Brazil adding third car line at Sorocaba

19 September 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Brazil adding third car line at Sorocaba Graeme Roberts Toyota Motor said its Brazilian sales and manufacturing subsidiary, Toyota do Brasil (TDB), would spend BRL1bn (US$243m) at its Sorocaba... 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


Toyota plans first hybrid car made in Brazil

18 April 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota plans first hybrid car made in Brazil Graeme Roberts Toyota Motor said it would build a hybrid version of the redesigned Corolla sedan in Brazil that will run on electricity, ethanol and pet... read more


Toyota Brazil confirms investment for new Corolla

5 November 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota Brazil confirms investment for new Corolla Fernando Calmon Toyota Brazil has confirmed a BRL1bn/US$280m investment for its Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo state, manufacturing plant, 95km/57miles n... read more


Yaris, between Etios and Corolla, strengthens Brazilian Toyota line

18 June 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Yaris, between Etios and Corolla, strengthens Brazilian Toyota line Fernando Calmon Despite the strong advance of SUVs, crossovers and 'adventure' variants of popular hatchbacks in Brazil, A- and B-s... read more


Toyota Brazil bets on flex fuel Prius

27 April 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota Brazil bets on flex fuel Prius Fernando Calmon Toyota has revealed its first prototype of a hybrid electric vehicle powered by a flexible fuel internal combustion engine. The design combi... read more


Toyota marks 60 years in Brazil with new Yaris

16 February 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota marks 60 years in Brazil with new Yaris Fernando Calmon It's a little known fact that Brazil was the first country outside Japan to build Toyotas. Sales and marketing operations star... read more


Toyota expanding Brazil plant for Yaris

6 October 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota expanding Brazil plant for Yaris Fernando Calmon Contrary to a claim by Nikkei Asia Review , Toyota will not 'squeeze' their Sorocaba plant, in the state of Sao Paulo, to produce the Yar... read more


Toyota to build Yaris Ativ in Brazil

28 September 2017 | Staff reporter

Toyota to build Yaris Ativ in Brazil Staff reporter Toyota Motor has announced plans to spend BRL1bn (US$319m) to upgrade its Sorocaba plant in Brazil to build the Yaris subcompact passenger car from... read more


GM and Toyota to boost Brazil exports

28 April 2017 | Fernando Calmon

GM and Toyota to boost Brazil exports Fernando Calmon The 70% year on year growth in exports from Brazilian auto plants in the first quarter of 2017 delighted the automakers and has prompted som... read more


Brazil's 'Japan week' for new model launches

24 March 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's 'Japan week' for new model launches Fernando Calmon It was unplanned, they say, but 'Japanese Week in Brazil' happened here anyway as three automakers launched new models: Honda's WR-V,... read more


Toyota confirms Brazil engine production expansion

24 January 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota confirms Brazil engine production expansion Fernando Calmon Starting in the second half of 2019, Toyota Brazil will add Corolla engine production at its Porto Feliz plant, in São Paulo ... read more


Toyota Argentina eyes new markets as Brazil demand drops

15 September 2016 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Argentina eyes new markets as Brazil demand drops Graeme Roberts Toyota Argentina has been targeting new markets in south and central America to keep production up as demand for cars from rece... read more


Toyota Brazil Prius, take two

21 June 2016 | Fernando Calmon

Toyota Brazil Prius, take two Fernando Calmon Toyota Brazil is relaunching the Prius hybrid to take advantage of new financial incentives introduced last year by the federal government and the t... read more


Toyota opens US$170m Brazil engine facility

11 May 2016 | Simon Warburton

Toyota opens US$170m Brazil engine facility Simon Warburton Toyota do Brasil LTDA (TDB) has opened its new US$170m engine manufacturing facility in the city of Porto Feliz, creating 320 direct jobs. ... read more


Toyota expands capacity at Argentine plant

8 March 2016 | Dave Leggett

Toyota expands capacity at Argentine plant Dave Leggett Toyota says it has successfully completed a major new expansion of its production facility in Zárate, Argentina, to add a thousand more ... read more


Toyota Venezuela exports parts to offset economic crisis

1 December 2015 | Graeme Roberts

Toyota Venezuela exports parts to offset economic crisis Graeme Roberts Toyota's Venezuela unit has started exporting locally made car parts to generate hard currency income and help it withstand... 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


Argentine built redesigned Toyota Hilux threatens Chevrolet's S10

23 November 2015 | Fernando Calmon

Argentine built redesigned Toyota Hilux threatens Chevrolet's S10 Fernando Calmon Toyota's South American specification redesigned Hilux medium-size pick-up truck poses a serious threat to Chevro... read more


BRAZIL: Four-door Renault Oroch pickup plugs a gap in the market

9 October 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Four-door Renault Oroch pickup plugs a gap in the market Fernando Calmon Around four years ago, Renault-Nissan alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn visited Brazil and said the French automaker had ... read more


BRAZIL: Auto investments offset sales and production gloom

24 August 2015 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Auto investments offset sales and production gloom Fernando Calmon Production and sales results have been gloomy in Brazil all year but recent confirmation of four new auto investments provid... read more


ARGENTINA: Renault prepares for pickup truck launch

8 June 2015 | Graeme Roberts

ARGENTINA: Renault prepares for pickup truck launch Graeme Roberts Renault has alerted media to the pending launch of its first pickup truck, in Argentina. The truck launches at the Buenos Aires s... 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


ARGENTINA: Renault Argentina to make Dacia platform models

11 March 2015 | Dave Leggett

ARGENTINA: Renault Argentina to make Dacia platform models Dave Leggett Renault Argentina is to invest in the production of Dacia platform (but Renault badged) models at its Santa Isabel facility in ... read more


BRAZIL: Toyota to boost Etios output

30 January 2015 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Toyota to boost Etios output Graeme Roberts Toyota do Brasil plans to increase annual Etios vehicle production at its Sorocaba plant in São Paulo from 74,000 units to 108,000 units. ... 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: Incentives for hybrids do not include plug-ins

17 October 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Incentives for hybrids do not include plug-ins Fernando Calmon Long awaited, the expected fiscal incentive for production and sale of hybrid cars here in Brazil has finally reached draft stag... 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: Toyota luring 19 suppliers to engine factory site

9 June 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Toyota luring 19 suppliers to engine factory site Fernando Calmon At the cornerstone laying ceremony for its new Brazilian engine plant, Toyota said it plans to have 19 suppliers close to the... 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


VENEZUELA: Foreign currency woes halt Ford assembly

6 May 2014 | Graeme Roberts

VENEZUELA: Foreign currency woes halt Ford assembly Graeme Roberts Owing to inadequate foreign currency required to import parts, Ford has stopped assembly operations in Venezuela, plant workers told... read more


BRAZIL: New Toyota Corolla welcomed despite high price

31 March 2014 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New Toyota Corolla welcomed despite high price Fernando Calmon Much-awaited amongst the year’s key launches, the new-generation Toyota Corolla sedan (11th world, fourth here) expectedly... read more


VENEZUELA: Toyota suspends production on currency crisis

10 February 2014 | Staff reporter

VENEZUELA: Toyota suspends production on currency crisis Staff reporter Toyota has announced plans to suspend vehicle production at its assembly plant in Cumana, Venezuela, for six weeks from Februar... read more


BRAZIL: Ford Focus gears for C segment battle

2 October 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Ford Focus gears for C segment battle Fernando Calmon The arrival of Ford's third generation Focus looks like shaking up the compact-medium (C) segment here in Brazil but it will soon face ne... 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


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