Under the Hood: What is E85?

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Under the Hood: What is E85?
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AutoGuide’s regular “Under the Hood” segment has already explained the vagaries of octane and the advantages of Top Tier gasoline, but there’s so much more to fuel than that. Ethanol, for instance, is a major component of gas, and something that’s a potential peril for consumers. But what is ethanol? And what is E85? Should… Continue Reading...

Infiniti Entering Brazil Market in 2014

Infiniti Entering Brazil Market in 2014
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Infiniti has announced its next step in the brand’s global expansion, with plans to enter the Brazilian market in 2014. Characterized as one of the world’s emerging economies, it’s already the sixth largest economic market. Continue Reading...

BMW Lays Groundwork For Expansion Plans

BMW Lays Groundwork For Expansion Plans
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BMW is pushing forward in the face of what many economists are fervently discussing in the business world: the possible collapse of the euro. Such a catastrophic event is unlikely, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer told Automotive News. He reaffirmed that strong belief in another interview saying “I don’t even want to imagine that at all, and I don’t believe… Continue Reading...

Ford Cash Dividend Reinstated For Next Quarter

Ford Cash Dividend Reinstated For Next Quarter
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It seems Ford‘s financial health is improving after an announcement that they will reinstate a cash dividend on their stocks at 5 cents a share. Ford originally abandoned the dividend in 2006 as part of an effort to preserve cash after posting a total of $9 billion in losses the previous five years. They hadn’t… Continue Reading...

Ford Investing $446 Million In Brazil Plant For Production Of New Global Vehicle

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Ford Investing $446 Million In Brazil Plant For Production Of New Global Vehicle
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Ford announced that they are investing $446 million into their Sao Bernardo do Campo plant near Sao Paulo, Brazil towards the production of a new global vehicle. Unfortunately Ford didn’t announce any more details in regards to the new model, but it will likely be something geared toward’s Brazil’s emerging middle class. The Sao Benardo… Continue Reading...

Classic Volkswagen Bus On Sale In Holland

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Classic Volkswagen Bus On Sale In Holland
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Holland hippie community rejoice! As of last month, Volkswagen‘s Dutch operations has debuted the 2012 model Volkswagen Bus. No, it isn’t the Bulli concept we saw earlier at Geneva, but the original Volkswagen Type 2, commonly known as the Bus or Combi. The popularity and desirability of the classic van isn’t surprising. Current asking prices… Continue Reading...

2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Won’t Come To America

2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Won’t Come To America
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Sorry to get your hopes up, but it looks like the 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer won’t be coming here after all. Despite teasing us with a preview of the upcoming mid-size SUV, Chevrolet representatives said that there are no immediate plans to bring the TrailBlazer to our market. The TrailBlazer’s platform-mate, the Colorado pickup, will be… Continue Reading...

Brazil Set To Become World’s Third Largest Car Market By 2015

Brazil Set To Become World’s Third Largest Car Market By 2015
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A report by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants claims that by 2015, Brazil will be the world’s third largest auto market, with China and the United States occupying the first and second slots respectively. Brazil will displace Japan as the third largest market, as sales are expected to double to 6.6 million vehicles by 2020. The… Continue Reading...

Toyota Targets 8 Million Cars Built In 2012

Toyota Targets 8 Million Cars Built In 2012
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Toyota is eager to regain its “world’s largest automaker” title back. So by 2012, if things go according to plan, expect to see a lot more Toyota products on the roads: 8 million, to be specific. This target is 1 million more than what Toyota will build this year. The company is gunning for this lofty… Continue Reading...

Kia Apologizes, Distances Itself From Sexy Brazilian Cartoon Ads

Kia Apologizes, Distances Itself From Sexy Brazilian Cartoon Ads
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From the Adventures in Advertising files come a series of ads for Kia that are evidently too racy for their cars (that themselves aren’t). The ads hail from Brazil, where you think they would have an eye for this sort of thing. But Kia, a family-friendly carmaker with a full line of family-friendly toddler schleppers,… Continue Reading...
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Fiat Increasing Stake In Chrysler To 30 Percent

Fiat Increasing Stake In Chrysler To 30 Percent
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Fiat is set to increase ownership in Chrysler, from 25 to 30 percent, within the next few weeks, assuming regulatory bodies are satisfied with Fiat’s ability to meet specific demands for Chrysler. Fiat has already been able to generate $1.5 billion in revenue for Chrysler outside of North America, but still needs to build a… Continue Reading...

Ford Suing Nissan Over Brazilian Bikini Girl Commercial

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Ford Suing Nissan Over Brazilian Bikini Girl Commercial
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Taking shots at your competitors is nothing new in the advertising world, but North Americans generally see the kind of gentle ribbing that comes from restrictive libel laws and the preference for subtlety over braggadocio. Not so in Brazil, where Nissan ran a campaign for their Tiida small car (aka the Versa on our shores)… Continue Reading...

BMW Considering Factory In Brazil

BMW Considering Factory In Brazil
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BMW is considering an assembly plant in Latin America, specifically Brazil, but its exact plans remain up in the air. BMW currently builds motorcycles at a plant in Manaus, and is debating whether to expand its facility to include auto production, or starting an all new plant exclusively for cars. BMW would likely begin with… Continue Reading...

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale Shows Flagrant Disregard For Innocent Life

Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale Shows Flagrant Disregard For Innocent Life
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Well, what else is there to say…? Aside from the lame video game introduction, there is no way that you, a reader of AutoGuide, do not want to be this guy, ripping through the heart of a tropical metropolis in one of the greatest Ferraris, the 360 Challenge Stradale of all time. Turn the speakers… Continue Reading...

Fiat Strada Sporting: A More Dynamic Pickup-Car Hits the Market in Brazil

Fiat Strada Sporting: A More Dynamic Pickup-Car Hits the Market in Brazil
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Brazil has become a very important market for car companies. It is now the fourth-largest car consuming market in the world, and one of its most popular segments is car-based pick-up trucks. These vehicles make-up about 7 percent of the market in Brazil. Fiat, which is the largest volume brand there, is now going to… Continue Reading...

Demand for German Luxury Vehicles Abroad Has Automakers Working Overtime

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Demand for German Luxury Vehicles Abroad Has Automakers Working Overtime
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According to results compiled by Autodata Corp in the US, the premium car market has seen an overall growth of 11.1 percent in 2010, with BMW sales up by 11.6 percent, Mercedes-Benz by 18.6 percent and Audi by a whopping 23.6 percent. Continue Reading...

Brazil Overtakes Germany as World’s Fourth Largest Auto Market

Brazil Overtakes Germany as World’s Fourth Largest Auto Market
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Move over Germany, Brazil has taken your spot. No we are not talking about World Cup Soccer, but instead about car sales. According to Anfavea, Brazil’s national automobile manufacturers association, a total of 3.45-million vehicles will be sold by the end of 2010, which gives Brazil the number four spot for vehicle sales, behind China,… Continue Reading...

Rhys Millen Teases Us with Climb Attack Brazil Video

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With all the other drivers out there releasing some crazy and insane videos showing off their driving prowess, it’s no surprise that Rhys Millen isn’t far behind with his own feature. And we have to give Rhys a little credit given just how busy his schedule is these days – between drifting, time attacking, hill… Continue Reading...

Toyota Looking To Take On Tata Nano With Low-Cost Car

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Toyota Looking To Take On Tata Nano With Low-Cost Car
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With markets like China, Brazil, India and former Soviet bloc countries becoming more prosperous, the demand for a low cost, bare bones car for the sake of personal transportation. Tata’s Nano, Renault’s Logan and all manner of Chinese upstart brands have been filling the void in these up and coming locales, and now Toyota wants… Continue Reading...

From Brazil, With Love: the New Fiat Uno

From Brazil, With Love: the New Fiat Uno
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We love (well, a few of us here love) superminis more than the latest and greatest supercars. Why? They’re honest, unpretentious, and the literal background of many countries across the globe. In South America, there is no typical  two-car garage — everything a family does is done in a small car, like the new Fiat… Continue Reading...
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