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3Brazil tests suggest more ethanol means more local smog

One recent report from Nature Geoscience will have ethanol advocates convinced that Big Oil's political influence goes far beyond the reach of US borders. That publication, according to Nebraska's Grand Island Independent, says that greater use of ethanol as a light-duty vehicle fuel actually boosts smog levels. That runs counter to many other reports on the subject, though ethanol's environmental prospects have, like everything else related to the subject, been a subject of debate.

AddSmart due in Brazil's urban centers in April 2009

While Brazil still gets its share of ethanol-friendly auto debuts (see: Sand'up, Renault), not every green-leaning vehicle introduced there needs to suck down the sugarcane. Daimler's smart fortwo, for example, gets solid MPG numbers and low CO2 emissions when running on gasoline and, starting in April 2009, Brazilian buyers can choose the little city runner. Mercedes-Benz announced that Brazil will be the latest country to get the fortwo, which is now available in 37 markets around the world. N

18Officially Official: GM debuts Chevy GPiX Concept in Sao Paulo

Click above for high-res gallery of the Chevy GPiX Concept

25Chrysler/Nissan partnership bears fruit in South America: the Dodge Trazo C1.8

Click above for high-res gallery of the Dodge Trazo C1.8

8Gunmen ambush Toyota F1 team members in Sao Paulo

It's no secret that Sao Paulo can be a dangerous place. Business travelers who frequent the city will be able to tell you about the precautions companies recommend they take to protect themselves. Don't leave the hotel. If you do, don't walk alone. Don't carry a laptop (it makes you an instant target for robbery). Wait for taxis inside the lobby. (Example: Criminals will case the hotels, looking for obvious business travelers waiting outside. This lets them see exactly what car they get into so

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