Today, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses Brazil and its recently hot auto sales. Sales in July jumped 22% -- the country's best July ever for vehicle sales. Most of this increase was driven by a government stimulus program that began in May, including industrial tax breaks on some vehicles and better terms for loans. But what happens when these tax incentives expire in August? It may be a case of bad timing for Ford, which made only $5 million in South America last quarter and is relying on several new vehicles being released in the second half of 2012 to drive sales. Check out the video below for more on Ford in South America, and what we can expect from the automaker there.
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