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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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Fiat Reportedly Plotting Toro-Based SUV 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Toro, Reports, South America on 06 8th, 2016

Following the introduction of the Toro in Brazil, Fiat's local arm is looking into the possibility of adding an SUV to the lineup, based on the pickup truck.
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Renault Responds To Kwid’s 0 Star Rating With ABS, 4 Airbags In Brazil 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, renault, Renault Kwid, Reports, South America on 05 20th, 2016

Following the disastrous zero-star safety rating achieved from Global NCAP, Renault is trying to address the issue with the Kwid by adding extra safety features for the Brazilian market.
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Global NCAP Asks GM To Improve South American Cars After Record Zero-Star Ratings 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, Chevrolet, GM, Reports, South America on 04 15th, 2016

The lack of airbags and other safety requirements such as seatbelt pretensioners on Chevrolet cars sold in South America has led to record zero-star safety ratings.
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Fiat Drops New Toro Video Prior To Its Brazil Launch This Month 16
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Toro, Fiat Videos, South America, video on 02 16th, 2016

As Fiat is getting ready to launch its compact truck in the South American market, a new video details some of its exterior features.
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Fiat Toro Pickup Truck Returns With New Image 16
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Fiat, Fiat Toro, new cars, South America on 12 16th, 2015

Fiat is back with another image of the Toro that reveals its rear end.
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Fiat’s New Toro Sports Pickup Truck Shows Its True Face In Official Photo 15
Posted by John Halas in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Toro, new cars, South America on 10 15th, 2015

Here’s our best look yet at Fiat’s brand-new pickup truck named Toro that will launch early next year in South America.
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New Renault Sandero RS Is A Return To The Early Days Of Hot Hatches 3
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in Brazil, DACIA, Dacia Sandero, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, RenaultSport, South America on 10 3rd, 2015

If it succeeds in South America, the Renault Sandero RS may make the low-budget hot hatch a mainstream segment worldwide. There isn’t a single solid reason not to sell this car in more markets around the world, including Europe.
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This Is The New Fiat Toro Sport Pickup Truck 29
Posted by John Halas in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Toro, new cars, South America on 09 29th, 2015

Fiat not only dropped the first teaser of their upcoming pickup truck today, but they also confirmed its name as the 'Toro'.
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Nissan showing Extrem new crossover 3
Posted by admin in Concept Cars, crossover, Design/Style, Misc. Auto Shows, nissan, Passenger Cars, South America, World Cars on 01 3rd, 2013

The Nissan Extrem concept is indeed a “high character” concept and, as the Japanese automaker says, “a radical concept car aimed squarely at young (and young-at-heart) car enthusiasts keen to make a statement.”

Nissan showing Extrem new crossover

Wraparound glass and a “see-through” A-pillar reminiscent of Volvo’s Safety Car Concept (circa 2001) are interesting features that could enhance safety, while overlapping body panels “create a feeling of layered armored toughness.”

Such a vehicle could definitely compete with the similarly styled Veloster from Hyundai. But with its higher ground clearance and possible all-wheel-drive, the Extreme could offer a light-use off-road alternative. If anything, the Extrem is arguably most similar to Nissan’s own Juke, albeit with fewer doors.

The Extrem concept is built on Nissan’s V-platform, which is also used on its March supermini, albeit with larger dimensions. The Extrem is larger in every exterior dimension except wheelbase, as it retains the March’s 96.4-inch track.

According to Nissan, power “would come” from the company’s 1.6-liter, direct injection, turbocharged engine – an engine also seen in the Juke.

Seven-passenger VW Taigun CUV 31
Posted by admin in Concept Cars, crossover, Design/Style, Misc. Auto Shows, Passenger Cars, South America, Volkswagen, VOLKSWAGEN, VW, World Cars on 12 31st, 2012

Seven-passenger VW CUV last week, we also mentioned the possibility of a new sub-Tiguan crossover, and we may have gotten our first look at such a vehicle courtesy of this Volkswagen Taigun Concept that is debuting at the São Paulo motor show.

VW shows Taigun small CUV

Although the Taigun Concept suggests that VW has all but given up on imbuing its new vehicles with comprehensible names, this new softroader also looks to balance practicality and fuel economy. With a slightly smaller footprint than the current Golf, the Taigun actually has more interior space (including more front headroom), but it’s the powertrain that could really make this B-segment CUV standout if it sees production. Using a small gasoline 1.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged three-cylinder under the hood, the Taigun Concept still has pretty respectable small car numbers, generating 108 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. However, the true beauty of this engine is that VW puts its fuel economy numbers at 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers – around 50 miles per gallon on the EU cycle.

Even the styling of the Taigun shows that VW’s current design language looks good on just about any size, with its boxy shape and short overhangs, but the automaker says that it is using Brazil’s emerging auto show to gauge interest for such a vehicle before making any decisions as to whether or not to put it into production.