Tag: South America

Ford Ceases All Production In Brazil As It Moves To Restructure Its South American Operations

Shortly after abandoning plans for an Indian joint venture with Mahindra, Ford has announced they’re restructuring their South American operations. The big news is the closure of the Camaçari, Taubaté and Troller plants in Brazil. Main production at the Camaçari and Taubaté plants will “cease immediately,” although some parts production will continue for a few […]

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Latin NCAP Advises Against Buying The Zero-Star Ka, Urges Ford To Make It Safer

After the Hyundai HB20, the Ford Ka, which is the second best-selling model in Brazil, was tested by Latin NCAP with the same disappointing result: a zero-star overall safety rating. Tested in frontal and side impact, whiplash and pedestrian protection, with two standard front airbags and without the optional Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Ka […]

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Kia Blasted By Latin NCAP After Picanto Scores Zero Stars In Crash Test

After the Hyundai HB20 that was panned by Latin NCAP for its safety performance (or lack thereof), another model from the Hyundai-Kia group, the Picanto, is getting plenty of heat from the independent assessment program. Latin NCAP calls upon Kia to upgrade the Picanto (Morning) sold in South America after it scored zero stars during their […]

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Updated 2021 Fiat Mobi For South America Gains $8,500 Trekking Variant With SUV-Like Ground Clearance

More than four years after its debut in South America in mid-2016, the Fiat Mobi city car has received a series of updates for the 2021MY. The most important of them is the addition of a new Trekking variant which tops the range as a crossover-flavored alternative to the lesser Easy and Like trim levels. […]

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Latin America’s 2022 VW Taos Has Different Engine, Infotainment System Than U.S. Model

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos had two world premieres yesterday, one in the United States and another one in Argentina. That’s because VW will sell two slightly different versions of the Taos compact SUV in the Americas. The one for Latin America will be made at the General Pacheco plant near Buenos Aires for the entire […]

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You Wouldn’t Want To Be Inside A Hyundai HB20, One Of Brazil’s Best Sellers, If It Crashes

Having tested the previous Hyundai HB20 last year to a four-star adult occupant and three-star child occupant protection, Latin NCAP has performed an audit test on the replacement of the subcompact car, with disastrous results. According to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) for Latin America and the Caribbean, the HB20, which is one of […]

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2021 Ram 700 Is A Rebadged Fiat Strada For Mexico, Other Latin American Markets

Say hello to the all-new Ram 700 small unibody pickup, a rebadged second-generation Fiat Strada that will be sold in 14 Latin American markets, including Mexico. Based on the Fiat Strada launched in April this year in Brazil and Argentina (where the Fiat brand is more popular), the 2021 Ram 700 is a classic case […]

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Get A Better Look At The New VW Taos In South American Specification

Volkswagen continues teasing the upcoming Taos compact SUV, this time in South America. The automaker’s Brazilian and Argentinean subsidiaries have released three photos of the new Taos featuring a full-body camouflage in shades of Blue Jewel and Dark Shadow. The camouflage design was created by Jose Pavone, VW’s Head of Design for South America, to […]

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Peugeot 208 Goes Global As Production For Latin America Begins In Argentina

Peugeot has commenced production of the 208 subcompact hatchback at the El Palomar plant in Argentina, marking the debut of the modern CMP platform in Latin America. Production of the new 208 began on July 31 in El Palomar, a satellite town of Buenos Aires, marking one of the most important launches in the brand’s […]

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