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Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles

11 May 2018 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil reaches 15 years of flex-fuel vehicles Fernando Calmon In March 2003 Brazil's auto industry began producing flexible-fuel cars powered by engines capable of running either on ethanol or pe... read more


Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for discussion

19 May 2017 | Fernando Calmon

Brazil's Innovar-Auto replacement up for discussion Fernando Calmon With the confusing Inovar-Auto (Innovate-Auto) programme due to end on 31 December 2017, the government has decided to im... read more


BMW Brazil to assemble sixth model - X4

15 January 2016 | Fernando Calmon

BMW Brazil to assemble sixth model - X4 Fernando Calmon Despite operating at just a third of the capacity of the Araquari, Santa Catarina state, assembly plant, BMW has decided to start building... 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


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: Premium brands keep selling well

1 December 2014 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Premium brands keep selling well Graeme Roberts In contrast to the overall new car market in Brazil, which has been falling in 2014, with a 10% slump overall expected, premium models will see... 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: 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


BRAZIL: Germans pile in, Land Rover awaited

7 October 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Germans pile in, Land Rover awaited Fernando Calmon Within 48 hours of each other, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen announced new car plant investments in Brazil. The two automakers, together w... read more


BRAZIL: A3 hatchback excluded from initial Audi plans

19 September 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: A3 hatchback excluded from initial Audi plans Fernando Calmon The only surprise when Audi’s EUR150m/BRL450m/US$200m spend in Brazil was announced late on Monday (17 September) was the a... read more


COLOMBIA: FTA Colombia-Europe starts 1 August

31 July 2013 | Graeme Roberts

COLOMBIA: FTA Colombia-Europe starts 1 August Graeme Roberts The long awaited free trade agreement between Colombia and Europe will start on 1 August with the first group of measures. Implementati... 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


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: Inovar-Auto programme discussed at auto industry forum

9 April 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Inovar-Auto programme discussed at auto industry forum Fernando Calmon The federal government of Brazil has again postponed restoring the full rate of IPI tax on cars by 1 July. Having kept t... 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


BRAZIL: Audi may lead luxury production

2 January 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Audi may lead luxury production Fernando Calmon Eyeing a luxury car market expected to expand from 50,000 units in 2012 to up to 130,000 a year by 2016, Audi may set the pace to produce them ... read more


COLOMBIA: Sales rise 11% in October but fall 3% YTD

16 November 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Sales rise 11% in October but fall 3% YTD Juan Vargas A growing economy, supported by mining and petroleum, is the main reason why the Colombian automotive market is at pretty much the same... 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: New automotive regime likely to push prices down

12 October 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: New automotive regime likely to push prices down Fernando Calmon Long awaited and successively postponed, details of the new Brazilian automotive regime for the five years from 1 January, 201... read more


COLOMBIA: Car sales lose momentum ahead of Bogotá show

8 October 2012 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Car sales lose momentum ahead of Bogotá show Juan Vargas The expected slow-down ahead of the Bogotá show boost resulted in the lowest September new vehicle sales here in Colombia for... 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


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: Mercedes car build to return via Alliance?

26 April 2012 | Graeme Roberts

BRAZIL: Mercedes car build to return via Alliance? Graeme Roberts Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has told Brazilian journalists the company is most likely to resume car manufacturing in Brazil through it... 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


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


COLOMBIA: Two brands dominate 2011 sales

19 October 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Two brands dominate 2011 sales Juan Vargas Just two brands accounted for almost half of the Colombian market at the end of Q3 2011. In a market expected to be up 39% to a record 320,000-... 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


COLOMBIA: Sales off third consecutive month, YTD still record

19 August 2011 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: Sales off third consecutive month, YTD still record Juan Vargas Even though the economy and consumer confidence are still growing, car sales in Colombia fell again for the third month in a ... 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


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


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