In January, the national vehicle production was 21,858 units, 34.3% less compared to December and 18.3% less compared to the performance of the same month last year.
The sector exported 10,409 vehicles, i.e. 42.8% less regarding December, and 6.7% over the volume recorded in January 2017.
In wholesale sales, the sector marketed to the dealer network 64,452 units, volume that was placed 28.6% below the previous month, and rose at 22% compared to the performance of January last year.
The main parameters of the automotive industry showed in January characteristics typical of the first month of the year. With extended programmed shutdowns because ofvacations and adecuationdue to the incorporation of new models, the automotive terminals produced 21,858 vehicles, 34.3% less compared to December when 33,280 units were manufactured and 18.3% below the 26,762 units which left the production lines in January 2017.
Continuing with the data recorded in the first month of 2018 that had 10 working days-compared to the 14 of the same period last year-, the automotive makers exported 10,409 vehicles, reflecting a 42.8% declinewith respect to the volume exported last December, and a 6.7% progressif compared to the 9,754 units that were exported in January of the previous year.
Finally, in wholesale sales, ADEFA´s reportreflectsthat in January 64,452 units were marketed to the dealer network, which means, 28.6% less regarding the 90,307 sold in December and 22% over the performance of the same month last year when 52,841 units were delivered to the car dealers.
In relation to the data recorded the first month of the year, the president of the Association of Automotive Makers (ADEFA), Luis Fernando PeláezGamboa, stressed that, "beyond the recorded volumes resulting from seasonality and the work which is being done within several plants to face the announced industrial launches, the projections for the year are kept according to what we anticipated weeks ago. "
"The improvements that we project in our production and export programs are driven by the important launches of national products and the increase in volume, result of the permanent investment plans which are implemented. Likewise, in this scenario the domestic market growth is expected to continue, but fundamentally an outstanding improvement in Brazil, which together with the impulse being provided by the diversification of the extra-zone markets willlead to a strong growth of exports and production, "added the president of the association.