Brazil is the world’s seventh largest producer of privately-owned automobiles. All the major manufacturers have operations in the country – including the French company Renault, as we see here in São Paulo.
Amid growing rumours about a possible merger with Detroit rival General Motor, the embattled US carmaker Chrysler said it was exploring several global "partnerships". Industry sources said an alliance with Renault-Nissan was also on the cards.
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has secured his second successive Formula One victory in winning the Japanese Grand Prix. Massa cut Hamilton's lead in the World Championship to six points with two races remaining.
Briton Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, in a bid to extend his World Championship lead. The McLaren driver will start ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on the front row.
Renault's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso won the first ever Singapore Grand Prix after starting in 15th place on the grid. Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead to seven points, ahead of Felipe Massa.
French auto giant Renault announced plans for 4,000 voluntary layoffs and 1,000 relocations . Back in July, the French company had unveiled drastic economic measures, including massive staff cuts, due to flagging sales.