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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


JLR delays Brazil assembly start as Jeep and VW ramp up new models

19 February 2016 | Fernando Calmon

JLR delays Brazil assembly start as Jeep and VW ramp up new models Fernando Calmon An executive reshuffle, Mardi Gras holidays and the ever worsening economy amid a deepening recession have all combi... 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: 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: 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: Karmann-Ghia comeback mulled

26 September 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Karmann-Ghia comeback mulled Fernando Calmon Unveiled as a prototype at the 1953 Paris motor show, the Beetle based Karmann- Ghia coupé is 60. To duly celebrate the anniversary, the cu... 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


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


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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


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 ambitious over growth

22 November 2010 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Chinese ambitious over growth Fernando Calmon The Chinese will by year end invest at least US$12bn in several segments of the Brazilian economy, from agribusiness to industry. The increase... read more


BRAZIL: Fiat may build Jeeps in Brazil

16 March 2010 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Fiat may build Jeeps in Brazil Fernando Calmon Production of Chrysler vehicles in Brazil is under consideration, Fiat Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said during a visit to the country to open an... read more


COLOMBIA: FTA with EC will zero tariffs by 2018

11 March 2010 | Juan Vargas

COLOMBIA: FTA with EC will zero tariffs by 2018 Juan Vargas After three years and nine rounds of negotiation, Colombia has finally signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Europe that includes the au... 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


BRAZIL – Medium-size VW pickup in final stage of development

25 March 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL – Medium-size VW pickup in final stage of development just-auto.com editorial team At a rural fair in Argentina (2008 Expoagro), Volkswagen displayed a side-view rendering of its future medium... read more


EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Fiat/Tata pickup venture 'on ice'

25 February 2008 | just-auto.com editorial team

EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Fiat/Tata pickup venture 'on ice' just-auto.com editorial team Fiat and Tata are far from reaching an accord to build jointly designed medium size pickups in the Mercosur region, j... read more


EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Brazil-Argentina FTA looks likely

11 June 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Brazil-Argentina FTA looks likely just-auto.com editorial team Talks between the two main Mercosur partners, Brazil and Argentina, are due to start in the second half of this year ... read more


ARGENTINA: Fiat confirms reopening of Cordoba plant

6 June 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

ARGENTINA: Fiat confirms reopening of Cordoba plant just-auto.com editorial team Fiat has confirmed that it will restart assembly of the Siena at is plant in Cordoba, Argentina. According to Bra... read more


BRAZIL: Argentine Fiat-Tata truck production confirmed

21 February 2007 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Argentine Fiat-Tata truck production confirmed just-auto.com editorial team Fiat and Tata have confirmed that production of the medium-size TL pickup will begin in Cordoba, Argentina, in 2008... read more


BRAZIL: Tupy/Sintercast win second Ford CGI casting contract

22 May 2006 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Tupy/Sintercast win second Ford CGI casting contract just-auto.com editorial team Following a successful experience with the critically acclaimed 2.7 litre V6 CGI diesel engine, Ford has conf... read more