Automotive sector in Brazil

Automotive Brazil

Brazil is the 7th largest producer of vehicles in the world. In total, there are 42 automotive plants established in thirty-nine cities within 9 States.

Market overview

Brazil is a major manufacturer of small and medium-sized vehicles. The current fleet amounts to 34.5 million units for a population of 190 million. The ratio of people to vehicles in Brazil is 6.1, meaning there are 6.1 people to every vehicle. This is a significant increase in vehicles from 2011, when the ratio was 8.6. In addition, there are 500 autoparts manufacturers with 650 plants and 5 thousand dealerships. The whole chain employs 1.5 million people.

Brazil is also attracting massive overseas investments to the industry. Brazilian OEMs invested US$ 11.2 billion in the market between 2010 and 2012.

Key opportunities

  • Low carbon technologies (including fuel efficiency);

  • Engineering services (software, consultancy, etc);

  • Lightweight components and advanced materials;

  • Construction equipment used in the Heavy Construction and Mining industries (safety and environment focus).

Latest export opportunities in the Automotive sector

Latest export opportunities in Brazil

Getting into the market

ANFAVEA has revealed significant performances in Brazil’s vehicle market, with an overall growth in of 4.6% in 2012.

By 2017, Inovar-Auto (The Incentive Program for Technological Innovation and Strengthening of the Motor Vehicle Production Chain) is estimated to have been responsible for about R $60 billion in investments made by the industry.

More about doing business in Brazil


Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS).

To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country – or contact your local international trade team.

  • Erika Azevedo, Sector Manager – British Consulate – General; Tel: +55 11 3094 2748; Email: [email protected]

  • Julie Yang, Assistant Sector Manager – British Consulate – General; Tel: +55 11 3094 2759; Email: [email protected]

UKTI Events

UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.

Latest events in Automotive Sector

Major Events

AUTOMEC (Autoparts Intl Trade Fair)

Date: 16-20 April 2014



Date: 1-5 April 2014


SAE BRASIL (Congress and Exhibition)

Date: 07-09 October 2013


SALAO DAS DUAS RODAS (Two Wheels Trade Fair)

Date: 08-13 October 2013


SALAO DAS MOTOCICLETAS (Motorcycle Trade Fair)

Date: 08-13 October 2013


FENATRAN (Intl Transport Industry Trade Show)

Date: 28 October-1 November 2013



Date: 22-24 November 2013


Useful links

More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters

Sectors: Automotive
Countries: Brazil
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