The army and police held an operation over the weekend targeting cargo theft in the Brazilian city.
Sale of light vehicles, trucks and buses picked up 3.4% in January-July.
Italy's Generali is offloading its branch in Panama and local heavyweight ASSA has agreed to buy it. BNamericas takes a look at the deal and its implications.
The results add to other positive macro data suggesting the nation's economic prospects are clearly improving.
The company saw a Q2 increase of almost 50% in premiums coming from international markets.
Vice president Jorge Glas became the latest senior Latin American government official to be swept up in the Odebrecht bribery scandal, after the country's president stripped him of his functions.