Brazil sees fifth consecutive sales record for cars and light vehicles

Jan 04, 2012 12:00 AM

Brazilian auto sales rose 2.9 % to a record 3.4 mm units in 2011, compared with the previous year, according to industry sources.
The figure marks the fifth consecutive sales record for cars and light vehicles, compared with the 3.3 mm total recorded in 2010.

The 2011 total was however below estimates of the National Association of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea) which had forecast a 5 % hike early in 2011 before revising it to 3.3 % in November.
Initial projections of the country's car dealership federation Fenabrave for 2011 had forecast a 4.2 %. December sales were down 8.8 % to 329.237 units compared with the same month of 2010 when they totalled 361.197.

Italy's Fiat remained the leading market brand in Brazil last year, selling 754.276 vehicles (22 %), followed by Volkswagen with 698.404 (20.4 %), the US-based General Motors with 632.259 (18.4 %), Ford with 314.016 (9.2 %) and France's Renault, with 194.294 (5.7 %)
Brazil is the fourth-biggest car market in the world, behind China, the United States and Japan. The country, with a population of 192 mm, has approximately one vehicle per seven residents, leaving plenty of room for growth.

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