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December 2017 - Global News

Daimler Delivers 72 Sprinters to Brazil Transportation Service

A door-to-door transportation service in Sau Paulo, Brazil, received 72 reconstructed Mercedes-Benz Sprinters to improve transportation capabilities for the disabled in the area.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Brazil, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Global

November 2017 - Global News

Toyota Producing Corolla in Venezuela Despite Economic Headwinds

Toyota is launching a new Corolla model in Venezuela and has no plans to leave the country.

Tags: toyota, Toyota Corolla, Global, Venezuela

April 2017 - News

Venezuelan Authorities Seize GM Plant

Venezuelan government authorities took control of General Motors’ Valencia plant on April 19, seizing company vehicles and other assets. GM will cease operations in the country, effective immediately, the company announced.

Tags:  General Motors, Venezuela, Assembly Plants, Global

October 2017 - Global News

GM to Invest $500M in Argentina Facility

Over the next three years, $300 million is set to be invested by GM itself, with the additional $200 million coming from the company’s supplier network.

Tags: Argentina, General Motors, Brazil, Global

October 2017 - Global News

Daimler Invests 600M Euro in Brazil

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil will focus its investments in modernizing its products, digital services, and into production plants in São Bernardo do Campo and Juiz de Fora.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz, Brazil, Daimler

October 2017 - Global News

GM Folds South America Into New International Unit

General Motors is combining the leadership of its international and South America regions, and has tapped Barry Engle to be president of the integration.

Tags: General Motors, Global, Promotions, Brazil

October 2017 - Global News

Toyota Invests $316M in Yaris Production in Brazil

Toyota is investing $316 million toward a Yaris Production line in Brazil in an effort to take advantage of the emerging compact-car market in the country.

Tags: toyota, Yaris, Global, Subcompact Cars

September 2017 - Global News

Nissan Brazil Assembly Line Reaches 150K Milestone

Nissan has assembled its 150,000 vehicle at its plant in Brazil, accomplishing the milestone a little over three years after the plant was established.

Tags: Nissan, Brazil, Global, Assembly Plants

September 2017 - Industry News

Hertz Completes Sale of Brazilian Rental Operations to Localiza

As part of the agreement, which was originally announced on Dec. 5, 2016, Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has now completed the sale of its Brazil car rental and leasing operations to Localiza.

Tags: Hertz, International Rentals, Brazil, Localiza

August 2017 - Global News

Manheim Expands Brazilian Auction Presence

Manheim has acquired Pacto São Paulo and is developing commercial partnerships with six other auction companies to invest in in Brazil.

Tags: Manheim, Brazil, Global

July 2017 - Industry News

Brazil's Yearly Vehicle Sales Buck June Decline

Auto manufactures in Brazil sold a total of 195,000 vehicles in June, a 0.3% decline compared to the previous month’s sales, but a 13.5% increase compared to the previous year.

Tags: Vehicle Sales, Brazil, Global

July 2017 - Industry News

Vulog Powers Carsharing Service in Brazil

Vulog, a carsharing technology provider, has partnered with LDS Group to launch Urbano Carsharing, a one-way carsharing service in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Tags: Carsharing, Rental Software, Vulog

June 2017 - Global News

Argentina Automotive Makers Look to Increase Output by 20%

The Argentinian auto industry is expecting production to increase later in the year, with a boost in the country's automotive sector.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Argentina, Global

June 2017 - Global News

Pirelli Suspends Tire Production in Venezuela

Tire manufacturer Pirelli will indefinitely suspend production of tires in Venezuela due to issues related to securing supplies of raw materials.

Tags: Tires, General Motors, Global, Venezuela

June 2017 - Global News

Nissan to Produce Vehicles in Argentina by 2018

Nissan confirmed during a meeting with Argentina’s president Mauricio Marci in Tokyo that it will produce vehicles in Argentina starting in 2018.

Tags: Nissan, Argentina, Global

May 2017 - Global News

DHL Launches E-commerce Services in Chile

DHL eCommerce has launched a business to consumer domestic delivery operation with customer-centric solutions in Chile.

Tags: DHL, Chile, Global

April 2017 - Global News

Chery Launches New TIGGO5 in Chile

Chery launched the new TIGGO5 SUV in Chile, which will join the TIGGO2 and TIGGO3 to expand Chery's product line in the Chilean market.

Tags: Chile, Chery, Compact SUVs, Global

April 2017 - Global News

Copart Opens Sixth Location in Brazil

Copart, Inc. has opened its sixth location in Brazil, according to a company announcement. Its sixth location will be located in Betim, Minas Gerais and will offer a wide selection of salvage and used vehicles, the company noted.

Tags: Remarketing, Copart, Brazil, Auctions

March 2017 - Global News

PSA Group will Assemble Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy in Uruguay

The light commercial vehicle segment in Latin America is forecast to have a potential of one million vehicle sales per year.

Tags: Uruguay, Global, PSA Group

March 2017 - Global News

Arval's Brazilian Lease Portfolio Grows 14%

Brazil is the second fastest growing vehicle leasing market for Arval, according to financial data released by the company. Arval Brasil has experienced double-digit growth in its vehicle leasing portfolio, growing by 14%.

Tags: Leasing, Brazil, Global, Arval, BNP Paribas

February 2017 - Global News

$70B Infrastructure Program in Colombia Will Stimulate Fleet Sales

Colombia has embarked on gigantic $70 billion infrastructure program, which promises to stimulate fleet sales to construction and engineering businesses in the country, according to a report by PCW.

Tags: Global, Colombia

February 2017 - Global News

Brazilian Tire Market Forecast to Grow to $6.5B by 2021

Replacement demand for tires in Brazil is anticipated to grow at a faster rate during 2016-2021 than OEM tire demand. Some of the major players operating in Brazil's tire market are Pirelli, Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental and Rinaldi.

Tags: Brazil, Global, Tires, Forecast

February 2017 - Feature

Market Snapshot: Venezuela Fleet Market

The Venezuelan fleet market is comprised of local companies and multinational corporations, of which about 500 are U.S. companies with business operations in Venezuela. The strongest vocational segments for commercial fleet sales in Venezuela are oil companies, healthcare, and agriculture.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Venezuela, Global

January 2017 - Feature

Market Snapshot: Chile Automotive and Fleet Market

The mining sector in Chile is one of the key pillars of the Chilean economy. Chile has huge copper reserves, producing more than one-third of all global copper output.

Tags: State of Fleet Market Report

January 2017 - Feature

Market Snapshot: Peru Automotive and Fleet Market

The fleet market in Peru for 2016 is forecast to be around 10% of total automotive sales of 171,000 units, which is a decrease from 2015.

Tags: Peru, NAFTA, Commodity Prices, State of Fleet Market Report

January 2017 - Global News

Renault Grows South America Sales Despite Down Market

The automaker posted a market share of 6.5%, up by 0.3 point in the Americas.

Tags: Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Renault

January 2017 - Global News

TomTom Expands to Argentina and Colombia

TomTom (TOM2) has introduced its real-time traffic service in Argentina and Colombia, increasing the coverage in South America to four countries (after Brazil and Chile) and extending the global reach to 54 countries, the company announced.

Tags: TomTom, Argentina, Columbia, Navigation

December 2016 - Global News

Element-Arval Global Alliance Expands into Argentina, Uruguay

The Element-Arval Global Alliance has added RDA Renting as a new member, growing the world-spanning fleet management partnership to 50 countries.

Tags: Argentina, Uruguay, Arval, Element Fleet Management

December 2016 - Global News

Orpak Acquires Brazilian Fuel Management Company

Orpak Systems, a solution and service provider for retail gas stations and commercial fleets, has acquired Brazilian fiscal fuel station management software provider Microsffer.

Tags: Fuel Management, Israel, Brazil

December 2016 - Global News

Chery Showcases Brazilian, Colombian Offerings at Auto Shows

During the Sao Paulo and Bogota auto shows, Chery showcased its latest offerings to the Latin American markets.

Tags: Auto Shows, Brazil, Colombia, Chery

November 2016 - Global News

Brazil Auto Industry Seeing Modest Gains

With the opening of the Sao Paulo Auto Show this week, forecasts for growth in the auto industry remain modest.

Tags: toyota, Ford, General Motors, Brazil

November 2016 - Global News

How Lower Commodity Prices Are Affecting Automotive Industry in Venezuela

The causes and the consequences lower commodity prices to the respective automotive and fleet markets of Venezuela and neighboring Ecuador and Colombia is the focus of the latest market overview by Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Colombia, Market Conditions, Venezuela, Ecuador

October 2016 - Global News

UN Vehicle Regulations Could Cut Latin America Road Deaths

If UN vehicle safety regulations were applied by four key Latin American countries, 40,000 lives could be saved and 400,000 serious injuries prevented by 2030, according to a new report by Global NCAP and the Inter-American Development Bank,

Tags: Chile, United Nations, Argentia, Global NCAP, Mexico, Brazil

October 2016 - Industry News

South America is a Focus of Newest Special Global Report

In the latest of its ongoing reports on market conditions around the globe, Automotive Fleet has zeroed in on one of the tumultuous automotive market regions in the world — South America.

Tags: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Market Conditions

October 2016 - Global News

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Expands to Argentina, Paraguay, and Curacao

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand will be offered to customers at main airports in the countries, and additional locations are planned.

Tags: Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Argentina, Curacao, Paraguay

October 2016 - Feature

37% Annual Inflation Rate Batters Fleet Sales in Argentina

In addition, there has been a 20% decline in fleet sales in neighboring Uruguay. The peso has depreciated and the government has decreased fleet purchases.

Tags: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Feature

Chile and Peru Economies are Benefitting from Low Oil Prices

Peru is one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America, and the economy of Chile is ranked as a high-income economy by the World Bank.

Tags: Peru, Chile, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Cover Story

Political and Economic Turmoil Contracts Auto Market in Brazil

Automotive sales declined 28.6% year-over-year during 1Q 2016. In the fleet market, all major OEMs are using various financial incentives to defend their market shares. The 2016 forecast is that there will be 123,000 fleet sales.

Tags: Brazil, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Feature

Analysis of Q1, Q2 Fleet Market Conditions in Brazil

Brazil is in a political and economic crisis that has caused the country’s auto market to shrink 27% in 2015-CY, and is forecast to shrink another 13% in 2016. Fleet sales have also decreased, but at a slower pace than retail sales.

Tags: Brazil, State of Fleet Market Report

October 2016 - Global News

Fleet Logistics Provides Services to Syngenta in South America

European fleet management provider Fleet Logistics has gone live in Latin and Central America, managing Syngenta's fleet of around 1,600 vehicles in eight countries across the region.

Tags: Brazil, Fleet Logistics, Syngenta

September 2016 - Global News

VW Brazil and Prevent Group Dispute Halts Production

Production at three Volkswagen Brazil manufacturing plants and the São Carlos engine plant has been halted due to long-lasting commercial litigation with supplier Prevent Group.

Tags: Volkswagen, Brazil, Suppliers, Litigation

September 2016 - Global News

Pointer Telocation Acquires Brazilian FMC

Pointer Telocation Ltd., a developer, manufacturer and operator of mobile resource management (MRM), has announced that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire Cielo Telecom, a fleet management services company based in South Brazil.

Tags: Fleet Management Companies, Brazil, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pointer Telocation

August 2016 - Global News

Nissan Unveils Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Vehicle in Brazil

In Brazil, Nissan Motor Co. revealed a solid oxide fuel cell powered prototype vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

Tags: Brazil, Nissan, Ethanol

August 2016 - Global News

Nissan Crossover Introduced in Brazil

Expected to be in all Nissan dealerships in Brazil starting on August 5, the Nissan Kicks will deliver an agile but fuel-efficient driving experience, according to the automaker.

Tags: Nissan, Crossover, Brazil

July 2016 - Global News

Ituran Adds TomTom Maps and Navigation for Latin America

Latin American telematics provider Ituran Road Track will use TomTom as the map and navigation software provider to power their OEM Telematics Solutions.

Tags: Telematics, TomTom, Brazil, Argentina

July 2016 - Global News

Ford Appoints Leadership for SA, Europe

Ford has announced changes in its senior leadership in South America and Europe, including new appointments for vice president of Ford Motor Company and president of Ford South America.

Tags: Ford, Automotive Executives, Promotions

July 2016 - Global News

ALD Automotive Partners with Autocorp in Argentina

While it already has a presence in Brazil, Chile, and Peru, Argentina was a "missing link" in ALD Automotive's regional offering. To extend its presence in the region, ALD has partnered with Autocorp in Argentina.

Tags: ALD Automotive, Argentina, Autocorp

June 2016 - Global News

Jaguar Land Rover Opens New Factory in Brazil

The facility, located in the city of Itatiaia, will build the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport for Brazilian customers.

Tags: Brazil, Jaguar Land Rover, Assembly Plants

June 2016 - Global News

Azuga Expands MRM Sales in Latin America

The Mobile Resource Management (MRM) sector forecasts 50% growth over the next five years in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. In a press release, Azuga announced that it plans to make the necessary investments in its plug-and-play technology to lead the market on a global scale.

Tags: South America, Azuga, MRM

May 2016 - Global News

Bridgestone Divests its Venezuela Operations

Bridgestone Americas has announced that it has reached an agreement to divest its business in Venezuela, Bridgestone Firestone Venezolana C.A. (BFVZ), to the Corimon Group.

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