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    Official: Citroën shoots for the moon with C3 Aircross Lunar concept in Brazil
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    Crossovers are the name of the game at the Sao Paulo Motor Show this year, with numerous European and Japanese automakers using the occasion of Latin America's largest auto show to showcase new high-riding concepts. This latest example comes from Citroën. Called the Aircross Lunar, the ...

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    Official: Fiat reveals oddball FCC4 in Sao Paulo
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    The striking new concept vehicle seen above is called the FCC4, which stands for Fiat Concept Car... with, um, four doors. We're not quite sure what else to call it, because the Fiat Design Center Latam (as in, Latin America) has apparently tried to transcend market segments and traditional ...

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    Official: Chevy showcases four concepts at Sao Paul
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    Chevrolet has rolled in to Sao Paulo this year with not one, not two, but four new concept cars. Only by concept cars, in this case we mean concept versions of existing production models. Arguably the most exciting among them is the Onix Track Day concept. It's based on the Onix hatchback which ...

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    Official: Dacia does its own Duster pickup with new Oroch [w/video]
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    Barely three weeks ago, Renault-owned Romanian automaker Dacia showed off a pickup-bodied version of its Duster SUV. A special job for Romania's OMV Petrom Group, the Duster pickup isn't available to the European public. The new Duster Oroch, however, could be. The design study, destined for the ...

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    Official: Nissan Kicks concept debuts in Sao Paulo [w/videos]
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    The Sao Paulo Motor Show only comes around once every other year, and Nissan – an automaker deeply vested in the Latin American market – isn't missing out on the opportunity to showcase a new crossover concept. Called the Kicks concept, the crossover seems to slot in size-wise in ...

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    Official: Ford's Troller introduces even more rugged T4 SUVs in Sao Paulo
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    The Bronco may be long gone from Ford dealerships back home, but down in Brazil its spirit lives on in the Troller brand. Founded independently in 1995, Ford do Brasil took over Troller in 2007 and has been teasing us with its rough-and-tumble SUVs ever since. So with the Sao Paulo Motor Show ...

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    Official: VW bringing Fox Pepper, Saveiro Surf to Sao Paulo show
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    We've gotten used to the idea of Volkswagen keeping certain models like the Scirocco and Amarok to the European market and not bringing them to North America, but the German automaker also has a full line of vehicles made right here in the Americas that don't make it to US showrooms either. Those ...

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    Followup: Clarkson recounts Top Gear's escape from Argentina, 'thousands chased crew'
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    "Our local fixers advised that we stop filming immediately, leave the cars on the gradients and go to a nearby hotel." – Jeremy Clarkson I'm a big Top Gear fan. I've seen every episode, aside from the very first season, before James May joined the show, and that's only because those ...

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    Report: Top Gear hosts pelted with stones, flee Argentina [w/video]
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    Top Gear has a reputation for many things. Chief among those is its use of staged situations and its uncanny ability to insult cultures and ethnic groups across the world. Occasionally, though, we have to give the team of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May the benefit of the ...

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    Motorsports: Indy confirms return to Brazil
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    Indy has a long and proud history of racing in Brazil. And while the South American country was missing from this year's calendar, it has now been confirmed to be returning next season. The race is scheduled to be held on March 8, 2015, at the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in the capital ...

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    Official: Volkswagen do Brasil doubles up on new Saveiro ute [w/video]
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    Volkswagen may have come a long way since the original Beetle to produce hatchbacks, coupes, convertibles, sedans, wagons and crossovers... but pickups? As we found out in England recently, the Amarok is a notable exception, but it's not the only one. Head down to South America and you can also ...

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    Motorsports: Race of Champions sets sail for Barbados
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    Every year the racing season closes with the annual Race of Champions. The year-end event gives drivers from different racing disciplines a chance to compete against each other on common ground and in identical machinery. And while it doesn't necessarily move every year, organizers try to bring ...

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    Report: Fiat taps Mitsubishi for European pickup
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    Mitsubishi is often derided in the US for its relatively boring lineup, Lancer Evolution aside, but the company is on the upswing worldwide, recently posting record global operating profits. The Japanese automaker may get a further boost in the near future from a rumored pickup truck deal with ...

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    Official: Ford is building this sweet back-to-basics SUV in Brazil
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    We're use to forbidden fruit teasing us in Europe. Hatchbacks and diesels from Renault, Citroën, Peugeot, Skoda, SEAT and Alfa Romeo have been a regular torment that we've grown accustomed to over the years. This vehicle, though, is one piece of forbidden fruit we aren't entirely sure we ...

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    Report: VW planning to push Hyundai for World Cup eyeballs
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    Adidas was an official sponsor of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the German sportswear company got drowned out of early advertising buzz by Nike, which wasn't a World Cup sponsor. The American company's Write the Future ad put it at the top of Nielsen's study of online buzz, ahead of ...

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    Video: Watch VW's touching tribute to the Type 2 Kombi
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    From the time a vehicle first enters a family, stories will be told about it. People talk about their road trips, or a special bumper sticker or some random memory that their vehicle was involved in. As the years go on, the memories and stories that people have with their cars grows, and ...

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    Report: Last VW bus ever made arrives at final destination
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    A Brazilian politician tried to save it, unsuccessfully, so the final Last Edition Volkswagen Type 2 Kombi was produced on December 20, 2013 and now resides in a vintage museum at Volkswagen's Commercial Vehicles HQ in Hanover, Germany. The Volkswagen Microbus was built for 56 years, starting in ...

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    Followup: Brazil contemplates safety exemption for VW Kombi as it goes out of production today [w/poll]
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    Brazil: the country of carnivals, indescribable beauty adjacent to abject poverty, Ayrton Senna and old Volkswagen models. Only they're not old – they're new, they're just based on old designs. The original Beetle continued production there long after it had been phased out elsewhere, but ...

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    Report: Venezuela may be losing its nickel-a-gallon gas
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    There aren't many places in the world where one can buy a gallon of gas for the equivalent of a nickel, but, for the time being, Venezuela is one of those places. There the price of gasoline has been frozen for nearly two decades, but the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, says he favors ...

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    Video: Renaultsport prepares Dacia Duster to tackle Dakar
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    If you've ever seen a Dacia up close, it'd probably strike you as one of the least likely vehicles to take racing. The Romanian-made vehicles (also sold as Renault models in certain markets) typically drive around a hundred horsepower to the front wheels through a five-speed gearbox and offer ...

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