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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


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


2016 São Paulo show - World premieres

9 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

2016 São Paulo show - World premieres Glenn Brooks The Honda WR-V was the main world premiere at the 8 November press day of the 2016 Sao Paulo International Motor Show. It joined the Jeep Compass, w... 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: 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: 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


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: 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


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


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: 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


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


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


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


SAO PAULO SHOW: Final list of global debuts

26 October 2012 | Glenn Brooks

SAO PAULO SHOW: Final list of global debuts Glenn Brooks The 51st Salão Internacional do Automóvel in the city of São Paulo opened on 22 October 2012. There were world premieres ... 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


SWEDEN: Volvo issues statement on Brazilian car plant [updated]

24 August 2012 | Glenn Brooks

SWEDEN: Volvo issues statement on Brazilian car plant [updated] Glenn Brooks According to a report carried by Dow Jones, the president of Volvo Cars' Brazilian operations has spoken of plans for a pr... 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: 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: 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: 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


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


BRAZIL: Renault confirms new investment and Duster production

16 December 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Renault confirms new investment and Duster production just-auto.com editorial team Renault Brazil has announced a US$550m investment here for the 2010-2012 period. It is the third automaker, ... 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: Nissan readies new Mercosur strategic plan

28 September 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Nissan readies new Mercosur strategic plan just-auto.com editorial team Nissan has completed its four-year programme called Shift-Mercosur begun in 2006 which included six new model launches.... read more


EXCLUSIVE: Tough times for Colombian assemblers

14 August 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

EXCLUSIVE: Tough times for Colombian assemblers just-auto.com editorial team After more than two years of growing automotive commerce restrictions, Venezuela's government has now finally banned Colom... read more


BRAZIL: GM releases Chevrolet Agile sketches

6 August 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: GM releases Chevrolet Agile sketches just-auto.com editorial team Following the current trend amongst automakers, GM do Brasil is starting the new model publicity early by releasing 'the firs... read more


BRAZIL: Fiat launches first compact crew cab pickup

15 July 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Fiat launches first compact crew cab pickup just-auto.com editorial team Fiat created Brazil’s first compact pickup truck in 1978, presenting it at the São Paulo Auto Show as 147 pickup (base... read more


BRAZIL: Chery eyes local production

13 May 2009 | just-auto.com editorial team

BRAZIL: Chery eyes local production just-auto.com editorial team Chinese automaker Chery is considering spending $700m on a manufacturing facility in Brazil as part of its strategic decision to grow ... read more


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