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Ford Opens Brazil Engine Plant, Sees Recovery

Ford Motor Co (NYSE:F) opened a 400 million reais ($181 million) engine factory in northeastern Brazil on Wednesday, ramping up potential output even as many warn of excess capacity weighing on profits in the country's auto industry.The plant will make up to 210,000 engines per year, initially supplying the assembly line for the new Ka subcompact, which will also be produced in the Brazilian state of Bahia, Ford vice-president Rogelio Golfarb said in a phone interview."The best way to confront difficult moments is going on the attack. We have no intention to slow down our investment in products here in the region," said Golfarb. Ford has announced 4.5 billion reais of investments in Brazil from 2011 to 2015 as it brings local offerings up to global standards.President Dilma Rousseff's government has used import tariffs and tax incentives to prod global carmakers into opening new local factories and increasing domestic content.However, tighter credit and falling consumer confidence weig...

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    Deutsche Bank AG agreed on Monday to pay $20 million to settle charges in Brazil that Europe's largest investment bank by revenue helped manage funds embezzled by fo...

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