Brazilian vehicle production rises 21.8 percent in November, sales fall

According to statistics published on 6 December 2016 by Anfavea, the Brazilian association of auto manufacturers, vehicle production rose by 21.8 percent in Brazil in November 2016 when compared to November 2015 (Globo G1, Valor). The 213,000 vehicles produced in November also represented a 22.4 percent increase in production over October 2016. Year-to-date, however, national vehicle production has fallen 14.6 percent compared to 2015, and according to Anfavea President Antonio Megale, the 5.5 percent production drop forecasted for 2016 will not be reached. Vehicle sales in Brazil have fallen 21.8 percent year-to-date, and while the domestic market has faltered, producers have attempted to boost exports, with November 2016 registering the best export numbers since August 2013. However, the auto industry continues struggle to maintain employment levels: in the past twelve months, 2,200 employees have been temporarily laid off and 5,200 are under employment protection programs that limit work hours (Valor).