The Truth About Cars » Marcelo de Vasconcelos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Marcelo de Vasconcelos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com UAW: Brazil Has It Better Than America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/uaw-brazil-has-it-better-than-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/uaw-brazil-has-it-better-than-america/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:07:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465609 According to the Brazilian enthusiast site webmotors, the UAW has come on down for the São Paulo Auto Show for the first time ever. Could it be that they were interested in checking out the product specialists? Officially, no. The UAW is hard at work researching how and what factors drive Brazilian consumers to buy […]

The post UAW: Brazil Has It Better Than America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
According to the Brazilian enthusiast site webmotors, the UAW has come on down for the São Paulo Auto Show for the first time ever. Could it be that they were interested in checking out the product specialists? Officially, no. The UAW is hard at work researching how and what factors drive Brazilian consumers to buy […]

The post UAW: Brazil Has It Better Than America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/uaw-brazil-has-it-better-than-america/feed/ 27
Marcelo’s Multi-Picture Report From The São Paulo Auto Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/marcelos-multi-picture-report-from-the-sao-paulo-auto-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/marcelos-multi-picture-report-from-the-sao-paulo-auto-show/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464947 Brazil is now the world’s fourth largest market. With sales of almost 4 million cars, the magical 5 million mark is not a mirage anymore. Accordingly, São Paulo, Latin America’s second largest city and the economic hub of the country, holds the grandest of the region’s trade shows. Known as the Salão do Automóvel de […]

The post Marcelo’s Multi-Picture Report From The São Paulo Auto Show appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Brazil is now the world’s fourth largest market. With sales of almost 4 million cars, the magical 5 million mark is not a mirage anymore. Accordingly, São Paulo, Latin America’s second largest city and the economic hub of the country, holds the grandest of the region’s trade shows. Known as the Salão do Automóvel de […]

The post Marcelo’s Multi-Picture Report From The São Paulo Auto Show appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/marcelos-multi-picture-report-from-the-sao-paulo-auto-show/feed/ 34
Toyota Etios in Brazil: Blasé Market Reaction Makes Toyota Slash Prices http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/toyota-etios-in-brazil-blase-market-reaction-makes-toyota-slash-prices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/toyota-etios-in-brazil-blase-market-reaction-makes-toyota-slash-prices/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:30:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461287 Little known to many, Toyota’s first venture out of their home country was in Brazil. Over 50 years ago, they built factory here in which they manufactured a version of their Land Cruiser, called it Bandeirante and kept on building it, unchanged, for almost four decades. When the Brazilian market opened up (ever so slightly) […]

The post Toyota Etios in Brazil: Blasé Market Reaction Makes Toyota Slash Prices appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Little known to many, Toyota’s first venture out of their home country was in Brazil. Over 50 years ago, they built factory here in which they manufactured a version of their Land Cruiser, called it Bandeirante and kept on building it, unchanged, for almost four decades. When the Brazilian market opened up (ever so slightly) […]

The post Toyota Etios in Brazil: Blasé Market Reaction Makes Toyota Slash Prices appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/toyota-etios-in-brazil-blase-market-reaction-makes-toyota-slash-prices/feed/ 25
International Crisis Reaches Brazil. Government Action Knocks Prices Down. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/international-crisis-reaches-brazil-government-action-knocks-prices-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/international-crisis-reaches-brazil-government-action-knocks-prices-down/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 16:12:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446761 Brazil has historically been a difficult place to do business. The government keeps foreigners out as best as it can, and that extends to vehicle importers as well. In the car business, you are welcome to market your wares as long as you build locally. Imported cars have always been expensive, and the costs are […]

The post International Crisis Reaches Brazil. Government Action Knocks Prices Down. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Brazil has historically been a difficult place to do business. The government keeps foreigners out as best as it can, and that extends to vehicle importers as well. In the car business, you are welcome to market your wares as long as you build locally. Imported cars have always been expensive, and the costs are […]

The post International Crisis Reaches Brazil. Government Action Knocks Prices Down. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/international-crisis-reaches-brazil-government-action-knocks-prices-down/feed/ 16
Peugeot 301: Low Cost, This Time With Style http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/peugeot-301-low-cost-this-time-with-style/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/peugeot-301-low-cost-this-time-with-style/#comments Sat, 26 May 2012 11:59:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446148 As evidenced in Matt Gasnier’s most excellent series, the Renault/Dacia/Logan/Sandero/Duster/Lodgy is making waves throughout the world. In a way, the multiple personality car is even present in North America, albeit under a Japanese kimono. Unbeknownst to most up there, when they buy a Nissan Versa, what they are getting is some solid Franco-Romanian engineering with […]

The post Peugeot 301: Low Cost, This Time With Style appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
As evidenced in Matt Gasnier’s most excellent series, the Renault/Dacia/Logan/Sandero/Duster/Lodgy is making waves throughout the world. In a way, the multiple personality car is even present in North America, albeit under a Japanese kimono. Unbeknownst to most up there, when they buy a Nissan Versa, what they are getting is some solid Franco-Romanian engineering with […]

The post Peugeot 301: Low Cost, This Time With Style appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/peugeot-301-low-cost-this-time-with-style/feed/ 25
JAC ix35, Sorry JAC Q5, No It’s The JAC SII http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/jac-ix35-sorry-jac-q5-no-its-the-jac-sii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/jac-ix35-sorry-jac-q5-no-its-the-jac-sii/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:17:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=440535 The Beijing Car Show is the one to watch for Brazilian car aficionados. Though we drool and slobber over at what’s shown at NAIAS or in Paris, Brazilians must look elsewhere to see what’s coming to local showrooms. The New Delhi car show had some cars of interest, now it’s the Beijing show a Brazilian must […]

The post JAC ix35, Sorry JAC Q5, No It’s The JAC SII appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
The Beijing Car Show is the one to watch for Brazilian car aficionados. Though we drool and slobber over at what’s shown at NAIAS or in Paris, Brazilians must look elsewhere to see what’s coming to local showrooms. The New Delhi car show had some cars of interest, now it’s the Beijing show a Brazilian must […]

The post JAC ix35, Sorry JAC Q5, No It’s The JAC SII appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/jac-ix35-sorry-jac-q5-no-its-the-jac-sii/feed/ 1
New Or Used In Brazil: Car Shopping Tips For Gringos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-or-used-in-brazil-car-shopping-tips-for-gringos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-or-used-in-brazil-car-shopping-tips-for-gringos/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:46:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439638 Welcome to New Or Used Without Borders, where the international team of TTAC answers your intercontinental car shopping questions. Robstar asks: My wife & I are about to have our first child in December.  We visit Brazil (SJC, SP) typically twice per year to see my wife’s relatives. Usually each trip lasts about a month […]

The post New Or Used In Brazil: Car Shopping Tips For Gringos appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Welcome to New Or Used Without Borders, where the international team of TTAC answers your intercontinental car shopping questions. Robstar asks: My wife & I are about to have our first child in December.  We visit Brazil (SJC, SP) typically twice per year to see my wife’s relatives. Usually each trip lasts about a month […]

The post New Or Used In Brazil: Car Shopping Tips For Gringos appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-or-used-in-brazil-car-shopping-tips-for-gringos/feed/ 37
Who And What Is Moving In Brazil (Not Just To The Rhythm Of Samba) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/who-and-what-is-moving-in-brazil-not-just-to-the-rhythm-of-samba/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/who-and-what-is-moving-in-brazil-not-just-to-the-rhythm-of-samba/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:35:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438718 Brazil provides the first letter of BRIC. Without the BRICs, we’d have tombstones for carmakers. How are we keeping the global auto business alive, down here in the Southern Cone? Follow me as I give you the highlights. According to the well-informed Auto Informe site, of the Brazilian Big 4, only Fiat grew (less than […]

The post Who And What Is Moving In Brazil (Not Just To The Rhythm Of Samba) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Brazil provides the first letter of BRIC. Without the BRICs, we’d have tombstones for carmakers. How are we keeping the global auto business alive, down here in the Southern Cone? Follow me as I give you the highlights. According to the well-informed Auto Informe site, of the Brazilian Big 4, only Fiat grew (less than […]

The post Who And What Is Moving In Brazil (Not Just To The Rhythm Of Samba) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/who-and-what-is-moving-in-brazil-not-just-to-the-rhythm-of-samba/feed/ 13
Fiat’s Future In America And Elsewhere: A Counterpoint http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiats-future-in-america-and-elsewhere-a-counterpoint/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiats-future-in-america-and-elsewhere-a-counterpoint/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:28:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436961   Our own Ed Niedermeyer recently penned an excellent and well-thought-out article involving the whole Fiat-Chrysler imbroglio.  Now, I don’t work for Fiat. However, I do live in, arguably, Fiat’s most important production center. You can’t go anywhere without running into someone who works at Fiat. Heck, Fiat owns 50% of the car market in […]

The post Fiat’s Future In America And Elsewhere: A Counterpoint appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
  Our own Ed Niedermeyer recently penned an excellent and well-thought-out article involving the whole Fiat-Chrysler imbroglio.  Now, I don’t work for Fiat. However, I do live in, arguably, Fiat’s most important production center. You can’t go anywhere without running into someone who works at Fiat. Heck, Fiat owns 50% of the car market in […]

The post Fiat’s Future In America And Elsewhere: A Counterpoint appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/fiats-future-in-america-and-elsewhere-a-counterpoint/feed/ 33
The Cars Brazilians Love. Contest: Catch The Boo-Boo! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/the-cars-brazilians-love-contest-catch-the-boo-boo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/the-cars-brazilians-love-contest-catch-the-boo-boo/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:50:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428397 Ever wonder what Brazilians are buying? Well, Fenabrave (Brazilian Federation of Vehicle Distributors) breaks down the market into 16 rhymeless and reasonless categories (in technical terms). Being that, nowadays, some cars really are difficult to categorize, you could say that this breakdown at least helps you see how dealers market their wares. Fiat walks away […]

The post The Cars Brazilians Love. Contest: Catch The Boo-Boo! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Ever wonder what Brazilians are buying? Well, Fenabrave (Brazilian Federation of Vehicle Distributors) breaks down the market into 16 rhymeless and reasonless categories (in technical terms). Being that, nowadays, some cars really are difficult to categorize, you could say that this breakdown at least helps you see how dealers market their wares. Fiat walks away […]

The post The Cars Brazilians Love. Contest: Catch The Boo-Boo! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/the-cars-brazilians-love-contest-catch-the-boo-boo/feed/ 17
Review: Chevy Cobalt, Brazilian Spec http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/review-chevy-cobalt-brazilian-spec/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/review-chevy-cobalt-brazilian-spec/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:14:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=426651 GM do Brasil has been having many problems. Though dearly beloved by many Latin Americans, in Brazil its image has been severely tarnished. When GM promised a slew of new products that would substitute its ageing line, many doubted it. In fact, many doubted GM had it in them anymore. Like a phoenix, GM is […]

The post Review: Chevy Cobalt, Brazilian Spec appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
GM do Brasil has been having many problems. Though dearly beloved by many Latin Americans, in Brazil its image has been severely tarnished. When GM promised a slew of new products that would substitute its ageing line, many doubted it. In fact, many doubted GM had it in them anymore. Like a phoenix, GM is […]

The post Review: Chevy Cobalt, Brazilian Spec appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/review-chevy-cobalt-brazilian-spec/feed/ 50
Italian Job: Badge Engineering Baby! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/italian-job-badge-engineering-baby/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/italian-job-badge-engineering-baby/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:28:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385920 Coming soon to a friendly dealer near you (if you live in Europe) and in a couple of months to another whole set of friendly dealers (if you live in Brazil), ladies and gentlemen, the totally brand-new, super exclusive, Italianate Fiat Freemont! Never seen before at Fiat dealers. This beast is all new. Well, to […]

The post Italian Job: Badge Engineering Baby! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
Coming soon to a friendly dealer near you (if you live in Europe) and in a couple of months to another whole set of friendly dealers (if you live in Brazil), ladies and gentlemen, the totally brand-new, super exclusive, Italianate Fiat Freemont! Never seen before at Fiat dealers. This beast is all new. Well, to […]

The post Italian Job: Badge Engineering Baby! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

]]>
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/italian-job-badge-engineering-baby/feed/ 53