Brazil Vehicle Rental Market - Overview and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
Brazil Vehicle Rental Market
The Brazilian vehicle rental market accounted to USD 4.68 billion in 2017 and is estimated to exceed USD 6.08 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 4.54% during the forecast period.
Increased concern and awareness of lower emissions have primarily led to the increase in vehicle rental options, where car rental and carpooling significantly help reduce the number of cars on the road. Budget cars, commonly known as "popular cars," make up the largest proportion of the car rental industry’s fleet. This is principally a result of the comparatively low purchasing power of the Brazilian population. Brazil’s total fleet is strongly concentrated in the Southeast region.
Additionally, the country has been home to various historical sites including opera house in Manaus, colonial towns, and churches along with numerous cultural celebrations (especially the Rio-de-Janeiro carnival), which are grandly celebrated, making the country one of the preferred destinations for inbound tourism in Latin America.
Strong Domestic Tourism Industry and Increase in Internarional Tourism
Tourism in Brazil is a growing sector and key to the economy of several regions of the country. The country had 6.36 million visitors in 2016, ranking in terms of the international tourist arrivals as the main destination in South America and second in Latin America after Mexico. Salvador, the second city of tourism after Rio and with a metropolitan area of over 3 million people, is Brazil’s eighth most populous city. Fortaleza is home to another 3.5 million Brazilians and is the fifth largest city with a strong tourist appeal as well as a strong industrial base.
Online travel (booking tickets) continued to gain ground on offline travel sales to residents in 2017, as Brazilians increasingly incorporated the habit of making purchases online, especially given the growing use of the internet for communicating lower-priced offers.
Most of the tourists in Brazil come from Argentina. As of 2016, around 35% came from Europe and 15% from the United States. The most visited destinations in Brazil are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador de Bahia, along with several places all around the coast. Additionally, with the Relaxation in the issuing of visas to tourists from important source markets, such as the United States, Canada, Japan, and Australia, has also propelled the tourism in the country, in turn driving the vehicle rental market.
Brazil vehicle rental companies cater specifically to tourists looking to explore Brazil in their own time, with online and walk-in booking services making vehicle rental more simple, accessible, and efficient, in turn driving the growth of the market.
Leisure/Tourism - Fastest Growin Segment
The leisure/tourism segment of the vehicle rental market in Brazil accounted to USD 1.08 billion in 2017. The segment is expected to project a CAGR of 5.02% during the forecast period.
One of the major factors that negatively affected the domestic tourism is the economic instability of the country, coupled with the decline in demand dynamics of the market owing to the inflation. The Brazilian GDP sharply declined from USD 2,456.04 billion in 2014 to USD 1,801.47 billion in 2015. Although it is steadily growing and registered USD 2,080.91 billion in 2017, and is still in a recovery phase and far from pre-2015 levels.
The sharp decrease in domestic tourism has, in turn, affected the vehicle rental industry negatively due to the drop in the overall number of tourists opting for rentals. The growth of the leisure/tourism vehicle rental segment is dependent on the amount of tourist influx from both international and domestic tourism.
The Brazilian government recently decreased the number of requirements applicable to foreign drivers. For instance, foreign tourists are now eligible to drive throughout the country with an only passport and their respective country’s driver license. Consequently, helping the country's vehicle rental market.
The rise in domestic tourism is one of the key factor expected to drive the vehicle rental market in the country. According to the Central Bank of Brazil, an increase of about 45% in the sales of holiday packages to Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Norte’s capital, Natal was observed in the last five years.
The average age of the vehicles owned by operators for leisure/tourism purposes is around 18-24 months, more specifically for large operators owning more than 25 cars.
The Brazilian leisure/tourism vehicle rental segment is on a steady growth path owing to the current stable economy and rise in tourism industry within the country.
The Brazilian vehicle rental market is majorly dominated by the local players, with 64% of the market share divided among local players. Localiza is the undisputed market leader, with 16% share, followed by Unidas. Both of these companies together occupy 24% of the market share.
The corporate fleet rental segment in Brazil remains fragmented. The major companies in the Brazilian Fleet Management market are Unidas, Localiza, Locamerica, Ouro Verde, Avis, Movida, and Leaseplan. Other competitors include Arval, ALD, DaVinci, Locaralpha, Lets, and Master Car Rental, among others.
The top four Brazilian vehicle rental companies together occupy 36% of the rental vehicle market. The rest of the market is highly unorganized, with the presence of regional players catering to only local markets, to avoid competition.Major Players of the Market - LOCALIZA, UNIDAS, MOVIDA, AVIS, amongst others
Key Developments in the Market