SAO PAULO -- Brazil’s January vehicle production rose 3.5% over year-ago to 126,600 units from 122,300, and climbed 16.2% compared with December. Sales, however, fell 8.9% to 113,500 units, compared with 124,600 in January 2001. Of vehicles sold in January, 76% were entry-level subcompacts with 1.0L engines. Brazil’s car exports remained relatively stable at 18,300 units, compared with 18,400 in the prior-year period, a 0.4% change. Inventory levels increased to 149,300 units from ...

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