SAO PAULO — Brazilian vehicle production is expected to increase 5.8% over 2000 but will not reach original projections of 1.8 million vehicles, says Anfavea, Brazil’s automotive manufacturers association. Total production is expected to reach 1.78 million this year. Exports to Argentina plunged owing to the economic crisis in that country and the energy crisis in Brazil. The ripple effect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks also had an impact on the market.

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