RIO DE JANEIRO — Fiat SpA, Volkswagen AG and Peugeot SA, are preparing to compete in free trade involving the Mercosur and European Union nations beginning in 2003. The initial plan was to be ready to face the new market in 2000, but the delay in tax reforms in Brazil has put the clock back three years. “The PIS and Cofins taxes on revenues are the worst thing for us; they affect our ability to compete,” Giovanni Razzelli, director of Fiat in Brazil, says. Razzelli guarantees the ...

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