29 Jun 23

BYD mirrors GWM in Brazil with local production announcement

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing giant BYD will soon be producing cars in Brazil by way of the Ford plant in Camaçari (Bahia state) which closed in 2021, Bahia state governor Jerônimo Rodrigues announced on Wednesday (28 June).

BYD will be joining the ranks of its Chinese counterpart GWM which intends to be producing 100,000 cars per year starting in 2H24 (originally set for 2023) from its plant in Iracemápolis (São Paulo state), a former facility of Mercedes Benz.

Earlier this week, BYD global vice president Stella Li attended the launch of the BYD Dolphin compact hatch, among the lowest priced full-electric vehicle in Brazil. It comes approximately four months after the GWM Haval H6 hybrid SUV launch.

More information regarding BYD models to be produced, a schedule of activities, and investment amounts will be revealed on Tuesday (4 July), the governor during the formal announcement.

Photo: BYD Dolphin (courtesy of BYD)

Authored by: Daniel Bland