Brazilian vehicle sales down 5.2% in January, production up 17.1% [ Brazil ]
On February 6 the Associacao Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veiculos Automotores (ANFAVEA) announced that Brazilian new vehicle sales (including trucks and buses) in January fell 5.2% year-over-year (y/y) to 147,219 units.
Among by maker sales of passenger vehicles, General Motors saw a decrease of 3.0% to 24,329 units. Fiat Chrysler’s sales fell 24.4% to 17,494 units. VW’s sales decreased 10.8% to 14,613 units. For light commercial vehicles, FCA’s sales rose 65.4% to 8,340 units, Toyota's sales increased 28.8% to 3,670 units, and VW’s sales decreased 19.2% to 3,522 units.
The Federacao Nacional da Distribuicao de Veiculos Automotores announced passenger vehicle sales rankings by model for the month. The GM Onix took the top spot with sales of 13,900 units. The Hyundai HB20 was number 2 with 7,362 units, followed by the Ford KA with 7,079 units. For LCVs, the Fiat Strada took the top spot with sales of 4,412 units, followed by the Fiat Toto with 3,258 units, and the VW Saveiro was number 3 with 2,916 units.
In ANFAVEA’s sales report by fuel type, sales of flexible-fuel vehicles fell 4.0% y/y to 127,106 units (market share of 88.4%), diesel vehicles rose 20.1% to 11,806 units (market share of 8.2%), gasoline vehicles declined 37.6% to 4,678 units (market share of 3.3%), and hybrid and electric vehicles jumped 206.9% to 178 units.
As for January production figures (excluding CKD production), units produced increased 17.1% to 174,064 units. Exports in January increased 56.0% to 37,189 units.
ANFAVEA forecasts that the coming months will be a recovery for the automotive sector, with a reversal of the downward curve in sales starting in March. The 2017 sales will be up 4.0% to 2,13 million units. ANFAVEA supports the expectation that by the end of the year 2.41 million vehicles will be manufactured in Brazil, an increase of 11.9% over 2016.