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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


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


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


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


2014 SAO PAULO SHOW: World premieres

30 October 2014 | Glenn Brooks

2014 SAO PAULO SHOW: World premieres Glenn Brooks The media preview days of the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show were 28 & 29 October. Here follows a list of vehicle and concept global debuts. ... 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: 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 [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: 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: Nissan to build Extrem-based small SUV instead of Versa Note

23 September 2013 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Nissan to build Extrem-based small SUV instead of Versa Note Fernando Calmon After having intially announced the planned  build - from January 2015 - of the recently redesigned 'monovolu... 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 [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


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


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


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


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


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: Mexico sets export quotas for Brazil

25 May 2012 | Fernando Calmon

BRAZIL: Mexico sets export quotas for Brazil Fernando Calmon Following what might be termed 'frank conversations' between members, the AMIA (Spanish acronym for the Mexican Association for the Automo... 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


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: 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


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


BRAZIL: Renault-Nissan alliance seeks to increase market share

4 October 2011 | Chris Wright

BRAZIL: Renault-Nissan alliance seeks to increase market share Chris Wright Nissan is to invest US$1.5bn in a new Brazilian plant to expand its market coverage in the booming Latin American market wi... 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


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


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