Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is an entrepreneur and a leader in the Brazilian automotive sector. He is the founder and chairperson of the board of directors at CAOA. Dr. Carlos is rewriting the Brazilian automobile history and actualizing something that was thought to be unachievable. Brazil’s history records numerous failed attempts to manufacture a Brazilian car, but Dr. Carlos’ is not one of them. CAOA is the most prominent distributor and manufacturer of automobiles in the region.
Before venturing into the automobile industry, Dr Carlos was a medical doctor who practiced in North and Northeast Brazil. Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade previous experience and expertise in automobiles helped him to establish his own company. He has immense experience in the automobile sector ranging from the assembly line to marketing and after-sales services. He had worked for renowned brands such as the American Ford, Korean Hyundai, and Japanese Subaru before he started his own company.
Dr. Carlos started CAOA –an automobile assembly and distributor company- in 1979. CAOA imports and sells automobiles and has a license from Hyundai to produce the HR and HD trucks. In 1998, CAOA became Subaru’s official importer in Brazil. In 1999, Hyundai also entrusted CAOA with representing it in the Brazilian market. In 2007, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade actualized his dream of building an automobile manufacturer in Brazil. CAOA built an automobile plant in the Agribusiness District of Annapolis in the State of Goias at the cost of $600 million.
The manufacturing plant has been in operation for a decade and is unmatched in automation and the highest standards of quality. It has produced models such as Tucson Flex and iX35. In 2007, Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade was named the “Entrepreneur of the Year in Industry” due to his landmark accomplishment. CAOA has grown into a leader in the Brazilian automobile sector and a force to reckon with. It has branches in every region in Brazil and has dealerships with renowned brands such as Ford, Hyundai, and Subaru. The company has sold more than one million vehicles to the Brazilian population.