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Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit Special Edition offers old-school vibe and more tech

Let us welcome the latest special version of the Renault Sandero RS 2.0 - the new Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit - that has become sportier in both performance and looks.

Nowadays, most hot hatches are powered by engines boosted by turbochargers. This way, these powerplants could produce more output and torque without having to employ more displacement. Moreover, these turbocharged mills are usually paired to automatic transmissions, allowing for a more convenient and easier drive.

But that doesn’t mean that hot hatches have lost their old-school feel. This is powered by a naturally aspirated engine paired to a manual gearbox. The Renault Sandero RS 2.0’s appeal is made stronger by the addition of the Renault Sandero RS 2.0 Racing Spirit, which like the regular version, is only available in Brazil.

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Renault debuts Sandero RS Grand Prix Concept at 2016 Sao Paolo Motor Show

Renault has showcased a Duster Extreme and a Sandero RS Grand Prix Concept at the 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Several Renault concepts and production models were seen at the event. For those who didn’t know, Renault is one of the major automotive brands in South America. The debut of Renault Koleos and Kaptur also took place at the Sao Paulo show. A Kwid Outsider concept has been showcased as well but the Sandero RS Grand Prix and the Duster Extreme are expected to stand out from the crowd.

Renault Sandero RS is using the same 148hp 2L petrol engine but it has a tougher exterior finish including the use of Formula 1’s signature colours. The interiors also share the same finishing touches consisting mostly of black and gold combinations.

Duster Extreme meanwhile has a more rugged appearance and is equipped with a 2L engine and a four-wheel-drive. Its improved interior, roof-mounted LEDs, modified bumpers and special set of wheels very much represent the Duster’s extreme concept design. It also got a slight increase in the ground clearance to suit the Duster’s more adventurous side.

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VW Brazil displays Gol GT Concept at 2016 Sao Paulo Motor Show

Volkswagen Brazil released a GT concept based on the redesigned version of the third-generation Gol. Dubbed as the Gol GT Concept, the fact that it is for now a show car allowed VW Brazil to have some liberty on the design.

To make sure that this three-door hatchback can stand apart from the rest, the pair of headlights makes full use of LED technology. Then there are the dual exhaust tips and the faux diffuser in the rear. Helping as well is the spoiler that is made more pronounced in addition to being mounted on the roof. In terms of the body kit, the air vents are now larger and by fitting in the alloy 18-inch wheels, this concept gets a more aggressive exterior appearance. This concept car is finished in Gray Volcano and contrasting it are red accents much like those in many of Volkwagen’s GTI models.

Overall, this new offering is similar in appearance to the Polo GTI’s concept version with the exception that the sides have GT stickers on it. The glass in the rear meanwhile reminds one of the first Gol GT. The same sporty additions done to the exterior can also be seen on the interior especially with the cabin mainly in black with red accents. These can also be observed on the body-hugging seats. While the air vents have a horizontal trim like that of the first Gol GT, the flat-bottomed steering wheel has the GT logo placed on it.

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Mercedes-Benz breaks ground of new car factory in Brazil

Mercedes-Benz has broken ground on its BRL500-million ($183 million) new car plant in Iracemapolis, Brazil. The German luxury carmaker will commence production of the C-class sedan at the site early 2016, with the output of the GLA compact crossover to follow months later.

In a statement, Mercedes said that initial phase will target an annual capacity of 20,000 vehicles, with possibility of a further significant expansion if the market “develops as it hopes." Mercedes production chief Markus Schaefer said in the statement that local production will enable it to better tap the potential of the emerging Brazilian market and to respond more flexibly to the customers’ wishes.

The level of automation at the Iracemapolis site will be significantly lower than in traditional Mercedes site, with around 600 jobs to be created at the site and another 3,000 to be generated by regional suppliers and service providers. Carmakers in Brazil sold 3.3 million light vehicles sold in 2014, making the country the world's fourth largest market after China, the United States and Japan.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is now back in the business of exporting vehicles from Brazil to Mexico as a weaker Brazilian currency hikes value of exported products and as the carmaker tries to offset slumping demand in the country. According to Cledorvino Belini, Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive officer for Latin America, the last time the carmaker made a substantial export to Mexico from Brazil was in 2010 with around 15,000 shipped.

He expects the Brazilian real to further weaken against the dollar next year from the current BRL2.68 per dollar to BRL2.80 per dollar – a situation that could further shift the dynamics of bilateral auto trade between the two countries.

In 2012, Brazil pressed Mexico to limit its vehicle exports since a strong real and an over-surging Brazilian economy has resulted to a large inflow of cheaper vehicles from its northern neighbor.

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Jaguar Land Rover officially confirmed at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show that its new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport will be one of the first models to be built at its new plant located in Itatiaia, Brazil. The British company owned by Tata Motors will invest R$750 million by the end of 2020 in the new plant and the total capacity will be 24,000 vehicles annually for the Brazilian market.

400 jobs will be created initially and this number is expected to double by the end of 2020, while the first vehicle will roll off the production line in 2016. Moreover, the company said that it will start building the new site at the end of this year and that the new factory will be Jaguar Land Rover’s first wholly-owned outside the United Kingdom.

Regarding the 2015 Discovery Sport, this new model was introduced at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and promises to be the most versatile and capable premium compact SUV in the world.

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Volkswagen Group is mulling establishing a planning center in Brazil as part of its bid to turn around a slump in sales in the country, sources told Reuters. VW has seen its sales drop 18 percent in the first half to 271,700 units. In 2013, VW saw its deliveries fall 13 percent.

The so-called development and planning center should allow VW to make sure that offerings better suit the needs of customers in Brazil, two sources privy with the matter told Reuters.

VW plans to make a EUR3.6-billion ($4.85 billion) investment on new models, plants and technology in Brazil through 2018, as part of a broader push to revive its slumping performance both in South and North America.

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Brazil is bound to be surpassed by Mexico as the top auto producer in Latin America this year. In fact, Mexico has already overtaken Brazil in the first five months of the year, and is expected to hold its ground through 2014, according to IHS Automotive. Mexico’s fast rise to the top is being boosted partly by a boom in auto sales in the United States, which is its largest market.

In contrast, cooling local demand has led to a slump in Brazilian production in the first five months of 2014. Auto production in Mexico jumped 7.2 percent in the January-May period to 1.31 million vehicles, thanks to new sites for Nissan Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp., according to the Mexican Automobile Industry Association (AMIA).

"The wind is in our sails" in Mexico, remarked Luis Lozano, lead automotive partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Mexico City. He quipped that the auto industry will continue as the icon of the country, despite talks on the rise of energy and telecom industries.

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Porsche’s 918 Spyder is usually spotted in colours such as the GT Silver Metallic or the Rhodium Silver Metallic, but it appears that some people want to be different. It’s the case of this 918 Spyder owner from Sao Paolo, which ordered his supercar in a special Racing Yellow colour.

Although many of you will not like it, we do admit that the vehicle looks quite impressive and almost matches the Brazilian flag. For those who don’t know, the Porsche 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 570 hp, but also by a hybrid module on the rear axle that generates 90 kW as well as by an electric motor on the front axle that develops 80 kW.

The total output delivered by the Porsche 918 Spyder is 750 Nm. The supercar also comes with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.8 kWh.

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As part of it being an official sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, Kia Motors Corp. has made a donation of US$100,000 to its selected charity, Make-A-Wish International. Kia Motors has also invited five children from the foundation to take part in the Kia Mascot Friends program in which they will escort Fuleco the Armadillo -- the official World Cup mascot –– onto the pitch at half time during matches starting with a group stage match on June 23 through to the semi-final match on July 8.

The five lucky children -- Aidan (14 from Australia), Fausto (11 from Mexico), Nathan (10 from Brazil), Yuri (9 from Brazil), and Bruno (11 from Brazil) -- were selected from Make-A-Wish International’s global affiliates based on their love of the game and will fly to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Wish children Aidan (age 14, Australia), Fausto (age 11, Mexico), Nathan (age 10, Brazil), Yuri (age 9, Brazil), and Bruno (age 11, Brazil) will make appearances beginning with a group stage match on June 23rd through to the semi-final match on July 8th.

Read the entire article Kia brings 5 Make-A-Wish kids to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

The luxury car segment was the sole bright spot in the Brazilian auto market in the first quarter of 2014 as tax incentives lured wealthy customers into racking up Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles in the quarter. The segment gained 32 percent in the first quarter while total vehicle sales in the country dropped 5 percent, according to two local auto associations.

Luxury brands have been focusing on entry-level premium cars like the Mercedes-Benz A class 200 Turbo hatchback that features a tag of BRL111,000 ($49,471). Such price level would be more less similar to the tags of Toyota Corollas (BRL93,000) and Honda Accords (BRL120,000), promoting rich Brazilians to consider luxury vehicles instead of volume cars.

Dimitris Psillakis, managing director of passenger cars at Mercedes-Benz in Brazil, remarked that the brand entered into a segment of new clients in regards to style and price.

Read the entire article BMW, Mercedes-Benz see impressive sales in Brazil in Q1 2014, despite market slump

Volkswagen is laying off around 900 jobs at its Sao Bernardo do Campo site outside of Sao Paulo and its Sao Jose dos Pinhais plant in Parana as the carmaker faces slumping demand in Brazil. The layoffs will commence on May 5, according to Brazil's Metalworkers' Union.

Volkswagen's Brazilian unit said in a statement that they are using the flexibility tools set in the contracts between the company and unions to adjust to the markets actual demand.

In March, carmakers posted a 15-percent year-on-year drop in auto sales in Brazil to just 240,800 vehicles, according to Brazilian automakers association, Anfavea. Vehicle output also dropped 8 percent in the first three months of 2014 to 789,900 units.

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Volkswagen may not be the official automotive sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, but the German carmaker is planning for a major ad push to tout its VW Golf GTI during the coverage of the games. Volkswagen of America's marketing chief Vinay Shahani, the German carmaker is buying ad spots across during coverage of the World Cup this June.

Hyundai has been as FIFA's official automotive sponsor since 2002 and holds the rights until 2022. Shahani said that VW sees World Cup as the right audience to flaunt its GTI, which is particularly popular among younger males and Hispanic consumers, since a large number of Hispanic viewers typically tune for World Cup.

Shahani told Advertising Age in an interview at the New York auto show that the “alignment” between viewers of the World Cup and who drives a GTI is perfect.

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Carlos Ghosn, group chairman and chief executive of French carmaker Renault SA, has disclosed a BRL500 million (€162 million) investment in Brazil from 2014 to 2019. The amount will be spent to develop two new cars at Renault’s Curitiba site in the country. Carlos Ghosn that Brazil has been the brand’s second largest market after France since 2011, noting that the country is a priority in the Renault’s global growth strategy.

He added that Renault Brazil has already completed its previous investment plan and is moving to expand its local market share. Renault holds 6.7-percent market share in Brazil at end-March, making it the fifth largest carmaker in the country. The Group is targeting to capture an 8-percent market share in Brazil by 2016.

A previous investment plan of BRL1.5 billion (€485 million), has allowed Renault to boost its growth strategy in Brazil based on three pillars. First, the French carmaker was able to boost its production capacity at it Curitiba Ayrton Senna industrial complex from 280,000 to 380,000 units annually. Renault also updated its product range with two new models in 2013, Master and New Logan.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expecting its new site in Pernambuco, Brazil to hike its profitability in the country by 2017, chief executive Sergio Marchionne said. "I'm absolutely convinced that by 2017, which will be the first year of full production at the Pernambuco plant, we will return to making double digit margins in Brazil," Marchionne said at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Pernambuco site is set to open in 2015, building models that better suit market demand, Marchionne has remarked. It will produce the Jeep Renegade and other models. The carmaker has already started producing the Renegade at a site in Italy. Brazil used to account for around a fifth of Fiat’s profit, helping to offset losses in Europe.

However, Brazil terminated car sales incentives, higher input costs and currency effects have weighed on profitability in the region.

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Light vehicle sales in Brazil dropped 0.9 percent in 2013 after averaging over 10 percent annual growth in the previous 10 years, according to national carmakers' association Anfavea. The slight decline was attributed to weaker consumer confidence as well as tighter credit. Carmakers have been complaining of high taxes and labor costs in the country, but dealers managed to keep business in order thanks to government incentives.

However, sales growth is expected to slow down to just 3 percent annually over the next decade, according to economists advising an association of Brazilian car dealers. Further worsening the slowdown are traffic-choked Brazilian cities and rising family debt loads, which have so far undermined the tax breaks that President Dilma Rousseff offered the auto industry.

While Rousseff's stimulus package helps boost sales when they were launched in 2012, economists warned that they only affected the timing of purchases instead of underlying demand. Dealers are expecting sales to stagnate or drop again in 2014, as Brazil gradually restores its taxes to normal levels.

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The Brazilian government will gradually cut tax breaks on cars in 2014, increasing worries among carmaker that higher duties could impact vehicle sales in the country.  Brazil had previously disclosed plans to return the industrial products tax, known as IPI, which is charged on cars and other products to the normal level to make up for the billions of dollars in lost revenues that weaken the country’s finances this year.

The Brazilian government, however, decided to raise the IPI tax on basic passenger cars to just 3 percent starting in January 2013, instead of an abrupt return to the original rate of 7 percent. In June, Deputy Finance Minister Dyogo de Oliveira said that the government will analyze whether it would hike the tax back to 7 percent, depending on market conditions at that time.

Brazil temporarily lowered the IPI tax on cars, furniture and home appliances in 2012 in a bid to jump start its struggling economy.

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The BMW Group has hosted an official function celebrating the groundbreaking of a new site in Araquari, Santa Catarina in Brazil. The event was graced by Michel Temer, the Vice President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Raimundo Colombo, Governor of Santa Catarina and Ludwig Willisch, Head of Region Americas, BMW Group.

Willisch remarked during the event that the new site in Araquari is a show of their commitment to Brazil, saying that it represents a new milestone in the BMW Group’s long-term growth strategy. He noted that Brazil, which is one of the fastest growing major economies in the world, is a” market with tremendous potential for the future.” Harald Krüger, member of the management board of BMW AG, responsible for Production, commented that the new site will be the group’s first automotive plant in South America and will be an important element in their international production network.

He added that the new site makes a significant contribution to the BMW Group’s profitable and globally balanced growth. He noted that their strategic principle of “production follows the market,” which was effective in the US and Chinese markets, will also ensure the company’s success in Brazil as an important future market. 

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Jaguar Land Rover is investing around about BRL1 billion ($436.9 million) to construct a new manufacturing site in the city of Itatiaia, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, three government sources told Reuters. One of the sources disclosed that Jaguar Land Rover will announce the investment on December 3, with output seen to commence as early as 2015.

"Everything is very advanced with only minor details to be worked out," Itatiaia mayor Luiz Carlos Ferreira Bastos told Reuters, adding that the site could employ 500 to 700 people. The two other sources, connected to Rio de Janeiro's state government, confirmed that the carmaker is planning to build in Itatiaia. Earlier this month, Jaguar Land Rover disclosed plans to expand manufacturing and increase output in markets outside the United Kingdom, particularly in China and Brazil.

The move comes as rivals BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi decided to construct plants in Brazil, enticed by government decisions to raise taxes on imported vehicles and to offer tax breaks for carmakers hiking local investments. A representative from Jaguar Land Rover told Reuters that the carmaker is confirming a study on the installation of a manufacturing unit in Brazil.

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Jaguar Land Rover is studying the possibility of having a manufacturing site in Brazil. In a statement, the carmaker said that a detailed feasibility study is underway to consider Brazil as a possible future location for a facility, adding that "no final decisions have been made." Jaguar Land Rover said it has ambitious plans to expand its manufacturing footprint and increase output in markets outside the United Kingdom, particularly in China and Brazil.

Local newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo reported that Land Rover was seeking to spend around GBP270 million ($431.72 million) in a facility to build a sports utility in Rio de Janeiro state. In October, the carmaker told Automotive News Europe that it is looking to get the services of managers having manufacturing experience in Brazil to help it assess the possibility of a site in the country.

According to the carmaker, any decision on the matter will be influenced by future tax rules concerning foreign auto manufacturers .JLR’s rivals in Europe like Audi and Mercedes-Benz have disclosed plans to produce cars in Brazil in the past months. In 2012, BMW confirmed plans to build a new plant in Brazil.

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