Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is the founder of CAOA, which is the largest manufacturing and distribution conglomerate for automobiles in Brazil. In 2012, he was interviewed by Brazilian automotive industry journalist Boris Feldman, a magazine writer and television producer, and stated that he had hopes of manufacturing cars directly in Brazil. Today, six years later, he has realized this goal and then some.
When Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade spoke with Feldman in 2012, he stated that he planned to copy the Korean model of manufacturing Japanese vehicles in their own company, and later did so very successfully. For one, he took over the Brazilian operation of the Chinese Chery Brand of vehicle, which had not been doing well in Brazil, and turned it into a successful and solid line. While doing so, he retained the Chinese as trading partners and build up a successful business relationship with them.
Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is known for having experience in virtually all aspects of the automobile industry, from assembly line to dealership, and this gives him great credibility. His experience goes back decades, and he represented foreign brands like Renault and Ford in Brazil before they had factories there. He has earned praise for his effectiveness from the Koreans he works with in particular.
CAOA has a presence in all regions of Brazil and operates Subara, Hyundai and Ford dealerships. In the nearly four decades since Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade founded CAOA, it has sold approximately one million vehicles in Brazil.
Furthermore, the conglomerate manufactures Tucson vehicles at its Anápolis factory and is the lone importer of Subaru and Hyundai automobiles in the country. The Anápolis factory is notable because because so many other large automobile manufacturing centers in Brazil have failed; whereas, it has thrived.