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Ford operates three factories in Brazil where it has a 12% market share. According to a Detroit News article in July, 20% of Ford's 2005 worldwide profit came from its Brazilian operations. But it looks like hefty competition from the usual suspects (Honda, GM, Toyota) have the Blue Oval looking for new product. Thus it's no surprise that Ford of Brazil is in buyout talks with Brazilian automaker Troller Veiculos Especias, Reuters reported Friday.

Troller was founded in 1997 and with its 500 employees turns out about 100 vehicles a month. The company makes two models, the very Jeep Wrangler-like T4 (shown above) and the Pantanal pickup. Both are powered by a 160 HP, four-cylinder, 3-liter, common rail, International turbo-diesel. No word yet on when the deal might conclude or how much it would be worth.

[Source: Reuters via Yahoo, with information from The Detroit News]

The Troller T4


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The Troller Pantanal




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      • 8 Years Ago
      looks like the ford yj wrangler and commache, jeep please sue
      • 8 Years Ago
      you americans are so arrogant. everything not american is crap. thats why the rest of the world hates you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What a piece of crap. I can't believe they're going to bring this to america.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bloody hell, is that actually a wing on the third picture of the fake YJ?

      Ford is doomed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ----> 19. you americans are so arrogant. everything not american is crap. thats why the rest of the world hates you.

      Actually the arrogant automotive snobs are the ones from Europe. They're the ones that think every American car is a piece of crap, even the ones that annihilate their "supercars".

      They hide their crappy cars and think that we don't know that they exist.

      BTW: this CJ knock-off is what it is, a piece of crap. Would have called it that even if it was made here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, i am not sure even chinese copy cats would go this far, and they have no limits at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford will pay more in legal fees to bring this to the states than the actual buyout of Troller Veiculos Especias.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nobody can build a truck like Ford.If they purchase Troller I believe (as a retired American Ford quality control inspector) you can be assured that their products will be of the same quality as their American line of trucks and also believe that body designs will
      change .
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm dense this morning, but what does Ford gain here? A company with 500 employees that output 100 units/month? What's that going to do for them? A plasticrap copy of a Jeep? A pickup that looks like a Russian UAZ vomited on a Dakota?

      Am I missing something here?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to agree with the majority, the Ford truck does look a bit cheap and plasticy surely with the amonunt of money they make every year they could come up with a better design, i have actually seen trucks about 30 years ago look better than that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #17 Are you drunk Rob??? Ford of Brazil is trying to buy this company.

      And yes, guess the only thing good on this "jeep copy" car is the engine. It's all made of fiber glass, almost all parts of it console comes from other cars here in Brazil, some from the GOL (VW small car), UNO (Fiat small car, the worst car you could ever see) and other crap cars we have around here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That P/U would make a very interesting Ranger...

      And the Yeep with some body tweaks would be a nice, cheap Bronco!!
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