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Boom Times for French Carmaker Renault in Brazil: 61% Growth Anticipated

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Clio made by Renault in Brazil Renault Brazil, the Brazilian subsidiary of the French carmaker, increased its vehicle production in the country by 33% in the first four months of this year. The company produced 29,231 passenger and utilitarian vehicles against 21,960 in the same period last year.

This information was disclosed today by a spokesperson for Renault. The company forecasts that at the end of 2007 the production at its Ayrton Senna industrial complex, in the city of São José dos Pinhais, in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná, should have risen 61.1%.

According to a company statement, the performance will be due to the release of new models and the expansion of exports. The forecast is that production this year should reach 112,151 units, 43,824 vehicles more than in 2006, when production totaled 68,327 vehicles.

Renault is improving its performance on the Brazilian market. In the month of April, the company posted growth of 50% in sales when compared to the same month last year. A total of 6,081 brand units were sold, of which 5,681 passenger and 400 utilitarian vehicles.

This was the best monthly performance since December 2003 and Renault Brazil ended the month with a market share of 3.6%. In the accumulated result for January to April, the company sold 20,566 units, with growth of 36.5% over the 15,067 vehicles registered in the first quarter of 2006. The company's market participation in the first four months was 3.2%.

The growth is attributed to a promotion that offered special conditions for the purchase of vehicles between April 11 and 15, and for Brazilian market acceptance of models in the Mégane family. The promotion presented results 40% better than expected and the sale of 2,855 vehicles.

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  • Ric

    We are in the day of the throw-away car. With financing and other factors, it no longer makes sense to keep an old car running. Junkyards have dried up. The days of recycling Jeeps infinite times is over.

    So what difference does it make if a car only lasts three years? None of them have the seminal chronic flaws some makes had in the past. Like the parsonÀ‚´s Wonderful One-Horse Shay, they fall to pieces all at once.

    The French cars are cute but always look a little weird, quirky. Brazil used to produce the Gordini, which was a sport name for the Dauphines that Renault used to export to the states. The little pre-Dauphine Renault was also a four door, rear engine, but I never saw one here. Renault sold out to Willys/Overland do Brasil, which in turn sold out to Ford. So Ford got the Jeep and the F-head six, based on the original Whippet four, last used in the Maverick 6, and the tooling for the Renault/Gordini engine.

    That engine became the basis for the Corcel. I still have one of those engines, the Renault-designed Ford Corcel engine.

    Blaming todayÀ‚´s Renault for the Gordini and other primitive designs is like judging todayÀ‚´s IPOD by the first Apple Macintosh. I still have one of those too, but a museum in RN wants it.

  • João da Silva

    To:GMC/buy american
    GMC, I never bought American made cars,but the Brazilian made ones by FORD and CHRYSLER. Not GMC, though.I walked out on Ford the last time, because they couldnt offer me a car with automatic transmission and power steering and the salesmen of both GMC and FORD were trying to convince me that these two features were only for the Pussies!. So I opted for Japanese made cars

  • João da Silva

    To:JC/so what is your point Joao Silva?
    [quote] A couple of years ago, I was toying with the idea of buying a Renault and a friend of mine discouraged me from doing so.She had to change the exhaust pipe 15 days after the guarantee period was over!
    [/quote]

    JC, my point is that the French car manufacturers think that we Brazilian consumers are easy push overs.They can give “promotional offers” so that they can sell their cars to us and once the warranty period is over, they can leave us in a lurch. Just like Fiat, Lada,etc; No doubt, the Renault cars are beautifully designed and look nice. There again you have to remember that all that glitters is not Gold. If my fellow citizens want to “aproveitar” RenaultÀ‚´s promotional offers, I am not going to impede them.

  • GMC

    buy american
    my maid wants a raise……..

  • jc

    so what is your point Joao Silva?
    25 years ago toyota’s best carst use to rust before the first oil change. Tecnology of a few years ago cannot be used as a yardstick in today’s world joao.

  • João da Silva

    Boom Times for French Carmaker Renault in Brazil: 61% Growth Anticipated
    [quote]The growth is attributed to a promotion that offered special conditions for the purchase of vehicles between April 11 and 15, and for Brazilian market acceptance of models in the MÀƒ©gane family. The promotion presented results 40% better than expected and the sale of 2,855 vehicles.
    [/quote]

    Sure, the Brazilian market accepts any product that is on promotion.If the quality of Renault in Brazil is as good as the ones I have driven 25 years ago in other countries, forget about my accepting their Promotional offer.A couple of years ago, I was toying with the idea of buying a Renault and a friend of mine discouraged me from doing so.She had to change the exhaust pipe 15 days after the guarantee period was over!

    However, I wish all the best to the executives of Renault do Brasil,Fiat do Brasil and the new Chinese car manufacturers who are planning to set up a plant in Uruguay.

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