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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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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.


Up For Sale: One Brazilian Grand Prix Racing Circuit 12
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Brazil, F1, Motorsport, racing on 11 12th, 2017

We see cars listed for sale all the time. Even the occasional F1 car. A world-famous grand prix racing circuit, on the other hand, is another matter entirely. But that’s just what’s come up on the market.

According to Autosport, the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil is looking to sell the Autódromo José Carlos Pace at Interlagos.

The circuit first hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix in 1972, and after a few years of alternating with the Jacarepaguá circuit (now known as the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet) near Rio de Janeiro, has served as the permanent home of the Formula One race since 1990 – right up to this weekend’s race.

The facility, with its 15-turn, 2.7-mile grand prix track, opened in 1940 as the Autódromo de Interlagos, and also hosts the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo for the FIA World Endurance Championship, among other events.

Economic considerations have reportedly prompted the city to put the track up for sale. Three parties from within Brazil and abroad are reportedly in contention to buy the complex, among them former F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone. Among his other holdings, Ecclestone also owns the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France.

Until the deal is signed, though, it’s all up in the air. So if you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own grand-prix racing circuit, now could be your chance.

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Mercedes F1 Staff Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil, Hamilton Says It Happens Every Year 12
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Brazil, F1, mercedes, Motorsport, racing on 11 12th, 2017

A potentially deadly encounter ended without incident on Saturday when members of the Mercedes-AMG F1 team were robbed at gunpoint in Brazil.

Autosport reports that robbers stopped a van carrying members of the team from the Interlagos circuit where the Brazilian Grand Prix is being held this weekend.

The team’s star driver Lewis Hamilton revealed that shots were fired, and a gun even held to one team member’s head. Fortunately while valuables were reportedly stolen, no one was physically harmed in the incident.

The van was reportedly traveling in a convoy together with members of the Williams team and FIA officials, but the other vehicles managed to flee the scene when traffic cleared.

“This happens every single year here,” Hamilton tweeted. “F1 and the teams need to do more, there’s no excuse!”

The most prominent of these incidents occurred in 2010 when robbers tried to hijack Jenson Button‘s car as he left the track. Button drove alongside Hamilton that year at McLaren, having won the championship the year before with the Brawn GP team subsequently acquired by Mercedes.

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Watch Armed Carjackers Take Brazilian Football Player Jefferson’s Range Rover Evoque 31
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, Offbeat News, Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Videos, video on 10 31st, 2017

Brazil's international goalkeeper Jefferson de Oliveira Galvao was forced out of his Range Rover last week, at gunpoint, in Rio de Janeiro.
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Lamborghini Aventador Roadster Destroyed After Speeding Off Brazilian Runway 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Brazil, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Offbeat News on 10 26th, 2017

A Lamborghini Aventador Roadster has been destroyed following a high-speed crash in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Volkswagen’s New E-Delivery Electric Truck Will Go On Sale In 2020 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Brazil, Electric Vehicles, new cars, Trucks, VW on 10 13th, 2017

Volkswagen took the opportunity to unveil the new E-Delivery during the 2017 Truck & Bus Innovation Day.
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VW Virtus Teased Before January Debut 11
Posted by Brad Anderson in Brazil, new cars, Reports, VW, VW Polo, VW Virtus on 10 11th, 2017

A sketch of the upcoming VW Virtus has just emerged online alongside a report that the new four-door will be launched in Brazil in January 2018.
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Cyclist Gets Into It With Red Mitsubishi Driver In Brazil 15
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Bicycles, Brazil, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi ASX / RVR, Offbeat News, Road Rage, video on 08 15th, 2017

When they say that red is the color of passion, sometimes they forget that people can also be passionate in a lot of negative ways.
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Rubens Barrichello Gets Emotional With His Son At The Wheel Of A Stock Car 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Brazil, F1, Motorsport, Offbeat News, video on 08 13th, 2017

This is what happened when 15-year-old Eduardo Barrichello, son of former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello, took his dad for a spin in a stock car.
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Volkswagen Spices Up, Saveiro Pepper In Brazil 25
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Brazil, VW, VW Fox, VW Saveiro, VW Up on 07 25th, 2017

Familiar as we are with the models that Volkswagen sells in America and in Europe, the German automaker has a whole range of vehicles dedicated to the Brazilian market. And it's spicing up a few of them with the launch of new Pepper models.
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Passenger Captures Scary Moment When Articulated Bus Splits In Half 14
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Brazil, Offbeat News, video on 07 14th, 2017

A freak incident occurred last week in Palhoca, Brazil, as the front end of an extended bus detached from the rear, leaving passengers scrambling for the exits.
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Brazilian Barely Escapes Getting Hit By Out Of Control Car 13
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, Brazil, Offbeat News, video on 07 13th, 2017

Despite the fact that most car accidents occur in traffic, the most dangerous situations arise when you've got a speeding chunk of metal coming at an unsuspecting (and defenseless) pedestrian.
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New Fiat Argo Officially Launched In Brazil [35 Pics + Video] 2
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Brazil, Fiat, Fiat Argo, Fiat Videos, Galleries, new cars, video on 06 2nd, 2017

Fiat is launching the new Argo in the Brazilian market, revealing the range details of the Punto and Palio successor.
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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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