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...
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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...
The updated version of Ford’s low-cost Fiesta sub-compact due Stateside as a 2014 model is on the floor at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil. Continue Reading...
Average people will probably never need an armored car, but that isn’t stopping demand for the fortified vehicles from rising this year. Continue Reading...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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 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...
The B-Max adopts much of the current Fiesta’s styling, albeit in a taller package. It’s also the first to receive Ford’s new three-cylinder EcoBoost, which is slated for introduction in North American models. Continue Reading...
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...
In addition, both companies will also set up a joint sales venture in Brazil, in an effort to capitalize on that country’s fast growing auto market. Continue Reading...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...