Industry Trend Analysis - Autos Investment Round-Up: Brazil Recovery Fuelling Investment Inflows - MAR 2018

BMI View : With three out of five announced projects in our latest investment round-up taking place in Brazil, carmakers remain bullish for an increase in sales opportunities as a result of the ongoing recovery in the domestic autos market. Chinese automaker JAC Motors also looks set to continue expanding its presence in Latin America with its latest investment in Brazil.

In BMI's regular round-up of production investments, we track the latest projects from the production side of the industry and analyse regional trends that we see developing. In doing so, we hope to build a picture of any potential hubs that may be developing, as well as company strategy in terms of production bases and export programmes.

In BMI's latest investment round-up of countries in the Latin America region, we have identified five new investment projects that were either announced or inaugurated in Q417, down from the 18 projects identified for the same period in 2016. The project values, which totalled almost USD1.9bn, are down 52.5% y-o-y compared to the same period last year. Brazil topped the rankings with USD712mn worth of investment projects announced, which continues to highlight the rising bullishness of automakers in the country as the autos market recovers.

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