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The Argentinian automotive industry competed with other Latin American ones (Mexico and Brazil) comparably till 1960 but had two jumps then, making Argentina the third leader at Latin America. After some decrease near 1990, since 2003 to 2009 the industry returns to make and sold many cars. twenty-first largest in the World.

The Argentinian industry is regulated by the Asociación de Fábricas de Automotores (AdeFA), created in 1960, which includes automakers (automobiles, light vehicles, trucks and buses). Adefea is part of the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles (OICA), based in Paris.

Most of large global companies are present in Argentina; such as PSA Peugeot Citroën, Fiat, Volkswagen Group, Ford, General Motors, Nissan Motors, Toyota, Iveco, Scania, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Honda, etc.


The Argentinian automotive industry began with a Ford and Chevrolet, which rolled off the assembly line in 1913 and 1920.

Chevrolet and Ford started manufacturing trucks and work vehicles and automobiles in Brazil in the 1960s. The Italian giant Fiat established its first factory in Argentina in the 1960s, and Mercedes Benz started to produce trucks and buses during the 1950 decade, and eventually made cars in 1972.

These companies dominated the Argentinian market until the early 1990s when the Argentinian market opened to imports. In the 1990s, more auto companies settled, opened and return with factories in Argentina, including: Renault, Peugeot, Citroën, General Motors and Chrysler.



Foreign owned


  • CTS Auto BYD
  • Materfer
  • Pursang
  • Ralitor (made JMC chinese trucks)
  • Zanella


See also

  • List of automobiles manufactured in Argentina


External links

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