Brazil has always been the home of fascinating Volkswagen mutant strains, and even when the company started cooling their cars with that stuff you find in toilets instead of air, they managed to continue this tradition. Just look at these bonkers Passat variants that flourished there and no where else in the world.
The new Fiat Toro compact crew-cab pickup truck has been revealed for the Brazilian market. While official details on the vehicle’s architecture haven’t been confirmed, local reporters in Brazil seem to think it shares at least part of the Jeep Renegade’s “small-wide” platform.
Often, very cheap, basic little city cars have problems with status. They’re perceived as little rolling penalty boxes, an added insult to the need for frugality. That’s why Tata’s well-designed Nano sold slower than it was expected to — few people want to be seen in what’s known as a “cheap” car. But there does seem…
There’s no such thing as a car that’s too fast, just roads that are too small.
Last week, while researching the bizzare VW-powered Emis Art, I found another Emis product that grabbed my attention in a way I normally only associate with an unexpected hand to the genitals. The product itself, while interesting, wasn’t the shocking thing. It was the name, which, upon a quick glance, looked to be…
For the second time this week, I find myself reeling from the buzz of learning about another obscure car I never knew existed. This one also hails from South America, and while it’s still satisfyingly weird, inside there’s some very familiar oily bits. The car is called the Emis Art, and who knows what makes it so…
Most people in the U.S. have no idea who Marcio Piancastelli is, and few are really all that aware of his designs. But to either Brazilians or geeky VW-philes, the man is a design legend, penning both the VW Brasilia and the SP-2. He passed yesterday at 79, and I think it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate the man…
This pedestrian was minding his own business, making his way up the sidewalk when a big rig hauling beverage cans took a turn too hard and hurled its contents at him. The quick-thinking fellow found refuge in a nook... and proceeded to start cleaning up the street soon as the spray settled.
I’m someone who knows a lot about certain kinds of weird cars. That’s not bragging, it’s just what I love. Occasionally, though, I come across some bit of information that makes me remember just how incredibly, lavishly ignorant I really am. Things like the Diaseta, the attempted ‘80s Isetta revival.
According to Wikipedia only two funerals, in recorded history, have had greater attendance by free will than Ayrton Senna’s. They were the funerals of Pope John Paul II, who was recently beatified as a saint, and the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Let that settle in for a minute.
There are over 50 million cars cruising and crashing on Brazilian streets at the moment. Most are looking boring, some look promising. In 2010 the General Motors Corporation had a market share in Brazil of about 20 percent, as much as Volkswagen. As one of the largest manufacturers on this earth with a broad range of…
Prepare your mind for some next-level stupid: a judge in Brazil overseeing an extremely high-profile insider trading trial has been thrown off the case because he went joyriding in the defendant's seized Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.
According to USA Today, IndyCar's season opener at the Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasília has been canceled. Brazilian reports suggest that the government agency that owns the track itself and was funding the event pulled out at the last minute, leaving IndyCar's March 8 opener without a home.
This is your every nightmare about brake failure realized in one flat out crash. Unbelievably, this driver survived.
Sixty miles doesn't seem that far on a bike. Some of us commute that every day. But we don't do it through the jungles of Brazil and we don't do it with a damn chef's knife stabbed through our skull.
Renault has announced they're entering the pickup truck market "soon," and followed up with this Duster Oroch concept. Looks like it's trying to revive the "fun and useful" vibe attempted by the Pontiac Aztek and Honda Element, with some 2014 flair.
That headline is actually a pretty controversial statement, since a great many in Aircooldom think that this car, the Brazilian Karmann-Ghia TC, is not lovely at all. The most common description is that it looks like the offspring of a Porsche 911 and a Pinto. I think it's lovely, and I want everyone to know it.
Because Ford Fiesta pickup trucks are better than you might think.
In Brazil in the 1980s, you could buy a 1970s Lincoln that was actually a 1960s Ford. Wait, what?
For decades now, Ford has been in an awkward second place in the American market. Coupled with strong and independent international wings, the company has turned out some weird vehicles. But what's the weirdest?