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The Brazilian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association declared that auto sales in Brazil fell in April.

Total sales in April fell 10.8% compared to last year and sales of cars and light commercial vehicles were down 10.4%. Total sales reached 257,885 units, down 14.2% from March, and sales of cars and light commercial vehicles were down 13.8% from March. Sales of imported vehicles also declined accounting for only 22.6% of sales, compared to 25.3% at the end of January. On the other hand, exports in the first four months continued to climb totaling $5.24 billion, up 14% from the same period in 2011.

Even if export values rose because of a better portfolio of products, auto production fell. Auto output was of 260,825 units, down 7.5% from 2011 and 15.5% from March. Truck output was the most affected due to the tighter environmental rules that were issued at the beginning of 2012, suffering a fall of 27% from March, 23% from April and 30% this year.

Last month Volkswagen sold 42,831 vehicles, Fiat sold 41,430 cars, on the third place was General Motors with 33,310 vehicles sold and on the fourth place was Ford Motor with 19,025 cars.