SAO PAULO – Brazil’s auto makers produced 283,900 vehicles in June, an 8.2% drop from year-ago but 8.4% ahead of May, the National Association of Vehicle Manufacturers (Anfavea) reports.

In the year’s first-half, the industry built 1.46 million vehicles, down 13.6% from prior-year.

Anfavea predicts full-year sales in Brazil will rise 6.4% from 2008.

Fiat Automoveis SA continued to lead the market in June sales, with 70,645 cars and light-pickup trucks, for a 16.5% gain on May. Volkswagen do Brasil Ltda. placed No.2 with 66,849 deliveries, for a 19.8% rise from prior-month.

General Motors do Brasil Ltda. was No.3 with 58,643 deliveries, a 22.5% jump from May, while Ford Motor Co. Brasil Ltda. finished No.4 with 29,684 units, up 31.9%.

Domestic vehicle sales in June set a record for the month of 329,175 units, up 21.5% over May and 33.9% ahead of like-2008, the Brazilian National Federation of Motor Vehicle Distributors says. Total volume included passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses.

First-half deliveries climbed 3% from year-ago, when 1.45 million vehicles were sold.

However, exports fared poorly, with first-half shipments, valued at $2.8 billion, tumbling 48.1% to 199,052 units.