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Fiat Reveals The Interior Of South America’s All-New Cronos Sedan 2
Posted by Brad Anderson in Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Reports, South America on 01 2nd, 2018

Four weeks after it took the covers of the Cronos sedan in South America, Fiat has released its first images of the interior of the Linea replacement that will rival the likes of the Volkswagen Virtus sedan.

Defining aspects of the cabin include a small touchscreen infotainment system, a three-spoke steering wheel and a small digital gauge in the center of the cluster. Elsewhere, there are the usual array of vents, buttons, and plastics expected of a car like this.

Customers will have the option of 1.3-liter and 1.8-liter engines, with power expected to range from between 101 hp to 139 hp for the range-topping 1.8-liter mill. The two engines will be offered with a five-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speed automatic being an option on the 1.8.

Fiat Cronos sales will commence early this year in Brazil, and other South American countries will follow.


Fiat Reveals All-New Cronos Sedan In South America 28
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Argentina, Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Linea, South America on 11 28th, 2017

Fiat is an Italian brand first and foremost, but it’s a major player (and manufacturer) in the Latin American market, where it’s just revealed the new Cronos sedan.

Built on a new modular platform, the Cronos replaces the old Punto-based Linea sedan with a completely fresh form.

Though clearly coming from the same automaker that builds the Tipo in Turkey, the Cronos is sized smaller to enter one of South America’s biggest market segments. The manufacturer estimates that niche accounts for some 300,000 vehicles in Brazil and another 100,000 in neighboring Argentina, a bigger slice of which Fiat is clearly eager to take.

Power comes from a choice of 1.3 or 1.8-liter engines (of otherwise unspecified specifications), and emphasis is said to have been placed on the vehicle’s handling. Brazilian and Argentinian customers can expect to start seeing them on the road in the first quarter of the new year ahead, by which time we’ll presumably have a clearer picture of the model’s specs.

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Renault Plasters Its Name, Badges And Vents On New Duster SUV 17
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dacia Duster, new cars, renault, Renault Duster, South America on 11 17th, 2017

Renault has taken the Duster into its second generation a couple of months after the budget SUV debuted as a Dacia in Frankfurt.

Trying to discern any differences on the outside is futile because, apart from a modified grille and an updated plastic trim on the tailgate, the two vehicles are practically identical.

That, of course, makes perfect sense as the Renault will be sold in different markets than the Dacia, thus there was no need for the French group to indulge in (costly) design changes.

The same stands for the interior, too, so you’ll need to check out both versions of the Duster, side by side, to tell the difference. Once you do, you’ll notice that the Dacia’s round air vents have been replaced by horizontal ones, and their number has dropped from five to four. The Renault has a new steering wheel too, which appears to be more upscale, but the rest of the cabin remains identical to its Dacia sibling, including the infotainment system, which has been carried over from the previous iteration.

Renault’s new Duster will continue to be offered with two- and four-wheel drive, powered by the same engines as before, including the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter petrol units, with 115PS (113hp) and 145PS (143hp), respectively. Diesel variants include the 1.5-liter dCi with 85PS (84hp) and 90PS (89hp), alongside the dCi 110PS (108hp), which can be ordered with an optional AWD. Moreover, customers will be able to specify the FWD dCi 110 with a dual-clutch automatic transmission in the near future.



2018 VW Virtus Is A Polo Sedan For South America 17
Posted by Brad Anderson in Brazil, new cars, South America, VW, VW Polo, VW Virtus on 11 17th, 2017

After a number of leaks and a revealing teaser, the 2018 VW Virtus has just premiered in Brazil.

Essentially a sedan version of the Polo that will be sold exclusively in South America, the Virtus will directly rival the likes of the Honda City, Toyota Yaris Sedan, Fiat Cronos and Chevrolet Prisma.

Like the Polo, the 2018 Virtus is underpinned by the carmaker’s MQB-A0 platform and should be available with the same selection of powertrains. As it stands, VW’s South American arm has confirmed just one model, the 200 TSI. It utilizes a 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder turbo engine delivering 128 hp with ethanol and 115 hp with petrol. Both fuels deliver the same 147 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 9.9 seconds and a 194 km/h (120 mph) top speed. Additional variants are expected to be announced shortly.

As expected, the exterior design of the Virtus is a mish-mash of the Polo hatch at the front and the Jetta sedan at the rear. More impressively, the sedan’s interior utilizes a 10.25-inch screen for the gauge cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink.

Discussing the car, President and chief executive of Volkswagen South America Region and Brazil, Pable Di So, said the Virtus is an important model in the brand’s updated local range.

“We are advancing in South America – and are renewing our model range in Brazil step-by-step. Following the presentation of the new Volkswagen Polo a few weeks ago, the Virtus is a further key element in our drive to take Volkswagen back to the lead in the region.”

Prices have yet to be announced.


Fiat Linea Sedan Has A Successor In South America, And It’s Called The Cronos 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat Cronos, Fiat Videos, new cars, South America, video on 11 15th, 2017

Fiat has released a teaser video with the new Cronos, a compact sedan that serves as a replacement for the Linea.

To be offered exclusively in certain South American markets, the Cronos is basically a four-door version of the recently-unveiled Argo, so we know what to expect in terms of design, cabin, and engine lineup, bar the boot that will obviously increase in volume.

The FCA-owned brand didn’t have much to say about their upcoming product, except that it will hit production in the coming months, and sales will kick off in the first quarter of next year.

Named after the youngest of the Titans in Greek mythology, the new Fiat Cronos is expected to be offered with the entire engine family of its hatch sibling, which ranges from 77 to 139 horsepower. When powered by the latter choice, the five-door Argo needs 9sec to accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h), and maxes out at 119mph (192km/h).

Depending on the specified flavor, the units can be married to three transmission options, five-speed manual and automatic, and six-speed automatic.

Fiat is expected to pull the covers off the new Cronos in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for an official image gallery and further details.



VW Confirms New South American SUV And $653M Plant Investment 13
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, South America, SUV, VW on 11 13th, 2017

Volkswagen has announced a 560 million-euro ($653 million) investment that will lead to the creation of a new SUV for the South American market.

In the coming five years, the investment will be made at the firm’s Pacheco, Argentina production facility. Construction of the new SUV is expected to commence in 2020.

In a statement, Volkswagen revealed that the SUV will be based on its MQB architecture aimed specifically at suiting the requirements and desires of customers across South America. No confirmation has been provided as to what powertrains will be on offer to customers but early reports cite a 1.4-liter TSI and 1.5-liter TSI with cylinder deactivation as two likely candidates.

“We are laying the foundations for the brand’s growth on international markets with Volkswagen’s Transform 2025+ strategy,” VW brand chief executive Herbert Diess said. “South America and Argentina play an important role in this regard. Key elements of the growth strategy are the biggest model offensive in the history of the brand and the systematic regionalization of our business.”

The new SUV will be one of 20 new models set to be introduced by VW before the end of the decade.

Note: VW T-Prime Concept GTE pictured


South America’s 2018 VW Virtus Snapped Undisguised 3
Posted by Brad Anderson in new cars, Reports, South America, VW, VW Virtus on 08 3rd, 2017

Just a few months after being confirmed via a VW production road map, South America’s VW Virtus has surfaced completely undisguised.
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This Is How Renault Promotes The Duster Oroch Pickup In Argentina 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in commercials, renault, Renault Duster, Renault Videos, South America, video on 07 29th, 2017

Dacia's parent company, Renault, has a special version of the Duster that they sell in South America – the Oroch pickup truck.
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Chevy S10 Trailboss Concept Looks More Tonka Than Bumblee 18
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Argentina, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Concepts, concept, South America on 06 18th, 2017

Planning your own expedition in South America? Then we're glad to report that your ride has arrived.
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Fiat’s Rolling Out A New Argo Hatchback In Brazil 18
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Videos, South America, video on 05 18th, 2017

With its dual headquarters in America and Europe, it'd be all too easy to forget that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles competes in other markets around the world. Like in South America, for example, where it is now rolling out an all-new model.
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Renault Sandero RS Racing Spirit Edition Kicks It Old-School 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dacia Sandero, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, South America, video on 05 14th, 2017

Call us old fashioned, but there's something we still love about old-school, naturally aspirated hot hatches.
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Government Authorities Have Seized GM’s Plant In Venezuela 20
Posted by Carscoops Staff in GM, Police, Reports, South America, Venezuela on 04 20th, 2017

What's more powerful: government or industry? We may be about to find out as General Motors is headed for a battle with the government of Venezuela.
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PSA Investing In Argentina Plant To Build New Cars From 2019 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Argentina, Citroen, PEUGEOT, PSA, Reports, South America on 12 10th, 2016

PSA Peugeot Citroen are getting ready to expand their operations in Argentina with a significant investment.
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Fiat Palio, BYD F0 All But Collapse At Latin NCAP Crash Tests 7
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BYD, Fiat, Fiat Palio, Fiat Videos, safety, South America, video on 08 7th, 2016

The New Car Assessment Program in Latin America continues to post disappointment after the first BYD tested, the F0, has scored zero stars, while the Fiat Palio has only achieved one star.
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Kia Picanto And Peugeot 208 Fail Latin NCAP’s Crash Tests 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, Kia, Kia Picanto, Kia Videos, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 208, Peugeot Videos, South America, video on 06 11th, 2016

The latest crash test session conducted by Latin NCAP continues to raise concerns on cars made specifically for emerging markets, after the Peugeot 208 and Kia Picanto obtained disappointing results.
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