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Ford looks for carnival in Brazil

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Ford Motor Company has announced a 5 year plan to finance expansion into the growing Brazilian market.

The plan includes boosting the capacity of it’s existing Camacari facility, which manufactures the Fiesta small car & also upgrading & modernizing the Troller plant that builds utility vehicles, said Jennifer Flake, a spokeswoman, Ford will also invest in infrastructure to bring new models for Brazil, she said.

The auto industry in Brazil, South America’s largest economy, is headed for record sales this year, the country’s automakers association said on Oct. 7. Ford ranks fourth in Brazil, behind Fiat SpA, Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co.

“Ford understands the importance of Brazil and Argentina and they continue to invest in those markets,” Michael Robinet, an analyst at consulting firm CSM Worldwide in Northville, Michigan, said in an interview. “Every automaker is taking Brazil seriously and they should, because it’s a market with an expanding middle class.”

The Camacari factory, in Bahia, northeastern Brazil, will be able to build 300,000 cars annually after the expansion, an increase from 250,000 now, Marcos de Oliveira, chief executive officer of Ford’s Brazilian unit, said Monday.

“This is a very large investment for Ford,” Mark Fields, Ford’s president for the Americas, told reporters at the announcement in Brazil. “We’re investing because we want to continue to grow and to improve our competitiveness.”

Ford has sold 298,134 vehicles in Brazil this year, giving it 9.9% of the market, CSM said. That share is down from 10.2% in 2007 and is less than half of GM’s 20.3%, the firm said.

Third-quarter pre-tax profit in South America declined 49% to 247 million USD as revenue dropped 22% to 2.1 billion USD, Ford said on Nov. 2. The automaker blamed “unfavourable” currency-exchange rates in Brazil and Argentina.

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