BY CHRONICLE STAFF
Porsche, Lamborghini and Maserati were among the auto producers that exhibited new models at the recent Salão - International Automobile Trade Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil - the largest in Latin America. But the fair also included models from the high-volume producers. All in all, the fair boasts 155 exhibitors. To see some of the cars presented, visit our gallery of select models (see link at right).
The Porsche Carrera GT used the show for its debut in Brazil, alongside the Porsche Cayman. Porsche sold 402 cars in Brazil in the period July 2005 to August 2006, according to Marcel Visconde, director of Stuttgard, the company that imports the car into the Brazilian market.
FERRARI AND FIAT
Ferrari also came to Sao Paulo, with the Ferrari Enzo F599 and F430. And Italian auto giant Fiat exhibited the Idea Adventure, Ford's Eco Sport and the Siena Tetrafuel (which can use alcohol as fuel).
BMW exhibited the Z4 and M6, while rival Audi presented the new version of the TT Coupé. Meanwhile, Volkswagen exhbited the Eos. US carmakers also participated, with Chevrolet showing off the Celta SS and Ford exhibiting the Mustang Shelby GT500. Ford subsidiaries Volvo and Jaguar also came with the coupé-cabriolet C70 Cabrio and the XK Jaguar.
The fair generates more than half a million visitors and an approximate turnover of R$55.5 (US$25.2) million for the city of São Paulo, organizers say.
LEADING PRODUCER AND EXPORTER
Brazil is the ninth-largest auto producer in the world and the 11th-largest exporter, with exports of US$11.5 billion, an increase of 3% in relation to 2005 (US$11.2 billion), according to Rogelio Golfarb, president of the Brazilian auto industry association Anfavea.
Imports will likely total 6,000 units this year, according to José Luiz Gandini, president of Brazilian Vehicle Importers Association (Abeiva).
For more information on the auto show, visit http://www.salaodoautomovel.com.br